Moon Trees

The ultimate backyard status symbol is a tree that has been to the moon. There are hundreds of them, and most are unaccounted for. Astronaut Stuart Roosa took a packet of tree seeds on the Apollo 14 mission to the moon in 1971. After orbiting the moon 34 times, the seeds were planted on earth and grew into trees.
Everyone wanted a Moon tree. In 1975 and '76, trees were sent to the White House, to Independence Square in Philadelphia, to Valley Forge. "One tree went to the Emperor of Japan. Senators wanted trees to dedicate buildings. We even did some plantings in New Orleans because the mayor there, Mayor Moon, wanted some," says Krugman. There were so many requests that "we had to produce additional seedlings from rooted cuttings of the original trees."

No one kept systematic records, notes Dave Williams. That's why the whereabouts of the trees today are mostly unknown.

There may be a moon tree somewhere near you! Link to story. Link to website. -via reddit

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My Granddad had one of these trees! I think he had to transplant it once, and I don't know if it survived. Granddad has always been a tree enthusiast, having as many different species in his yard as he could get to grow in the Ohio climate (I think he tried an orange tree once, that didn't work out so well). Why not have one that went to the moon? :)
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