2015 Great American Tree Competition

Moon Tree

This Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) is one of 2 loblolly pines planted in Georgia whose seeds were carried to the moon on Apollo 14. The seeds traveled back to earth from the moon and were then grown by the US Forest Service and donated to Athens. This tree was planted as part of the United States Bicentennial in 1976 and has since grown to be 26" Diameter and 71 feet tall! It was planted at the Athens-Clarke County Library, which is now the location of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department. This tree serves as a great parking lot tree, standing mightily over the building in downtown Athens. This tree has weathered several recent ice storms and is in excellent condition. The location of the tree is 120 W. Dougherty St. Athens, GA 30601.

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2015's Winner

That Tree was the winner of the 2015 Great American Tree Competition.