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Wangari Maathai Tree

Common Name: Golden Rain Tree
Botanical Name: Koelreuteria paniculata

Current Location: Capitol Square, S.W.
Planted: May 11, 2005

Sponsor: Representative Barbara Lee

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With advanced degrees in biology, Wangari Maathai was both an environmentalist and a political activist. In 1977, she led a national movement to reforest Kenya. Her organization is credited with planting about 30 million trees and  making it a project for as many as 30,000 underemployed women.

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Tree Details

The tree's most notable ornamental charactaristic is the showy yellow flowers in early summer.

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The Wangari Maathai tree on Capitol grounds in the summer.