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Published October 14, 2020

MoFA has installed a Wish Tree in our courtyard and throughout November, we will be hosting opportunities for you to send in your wishes virtually to be added to the tree. During scheduled Wish hours, you can join us on Zoom, through social media, or via email. You may also visit the tree in person any time.

Wish Hours:

Join Kelly every Monday in November from 10am-11am on zoom and instagram.

Join Preston every Tuesday in November from 12-1 pm on zoom and instagram.

Join Meredith every Wednesday in November from 12-1pm on zoom and instagram.

Join Preston every Friday in November from 12-1pm on zoom and instagram.

Join Annie every Saturday in November from 12-1pm on zoom and instagram.

You can also email Annie ( with your wishes.

MoFA’s Wish Tree is a bald cypress. From the University of Florida’s Southern Trees Fact Sheet: Narrowly to broadly pyramidal when young, bald cypress, the state tree of Louisiana, eventually develops into a broad-topped, spreading, open specimen when mature. Capable of reaching 100 to 150 feet in height, most landscape specimens are rarely seen in this open form because they are usually much younger and shorter. Trees grow at a moderately fast rate, reaching 40 to 50 feet in about 15 to 25 years. Although it is native to wetlands along running streams, growth is often faster on moist, well-drained soil. The green, needle-like leaves turn a brilliant coppery yellow in fall before dropping, but the bare branches and reddish gray, peeling bark provide much landscape interest during the winter. The trunk grows unusually thick toward the base, even on young trees. The small seeds are used by some birds and squirrels.