Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is humbled to plant a tree in honor of Navy Captain Edgar D. Mitchell who passed away this past winter. The tree is an exact genetic duplicate of one the largest and oldest champion gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba) trees in the world. Dr. Mitchell was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 14 and the sixth man to walk on the moon.

Memorial Plaque

Memorial Plaque

Apollo astronaut Edgar MitchellThe planting ceremony is a partnership between Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. The center is persuing “best-in-class” community-based science, providing visitors with engaging and interactive education experiences that reflect Dr. Mitchell’s life and historic scientific achievements. Our collective mission is to “open every mind to science”.

One of the Largest Gumbo Limbo Trees

The native Gumbo limbo tree is a certified first generation clone of a champion tree located in Synder Park, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The original tree is one of the largest of its kind in the United States, having a trunk circumference of 99 inches, a height of 64 feet, and a crown spread of 57 feet.

Gumbo limbo treeArchangel co-founder David Milarch and his life-long efforts to reforest the world with his two sons, Jared and Jake, are the subject of a recent book. New York Times science writer, author Jim Robbins, wrote The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet. This fascinating book documents Archangel’s mission to clone the champion trees of the world. Champion trees are the largest, the hardiest, the ones that have survived millennia and are the most resilient to climate change. Milarch and Archangel are working to create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics.

Navy Captain Edgar D. Mitchell was born September 17, 1930, and died February 4, 2016. This memorial was made possible by the South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, arborist Patricia Hoot, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, and Eternea, Inc.,and the Mitchell family.  Dr. Mitchell served as founding chairman of Eternea.

Ceremony Time & Place

The tree-planting ceremony takes place on Saturday, September 17th at 8:30AM at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium.

 

 

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