Clone of 'The Senator' planted at Big Tree Park

Longwood park opens to public on March 2

A clone of The Senator tree in Longwood, Fla.

LONGWOOD, Fla. – One of Seminole County's historic landmarks burned down a year ago, but with a little help from science, clones are helping it live on at two parks.

The Senator, considered one of the oldest cypress trees in the world, was burned down by a woman smoking drugs inside its hollow trunk at Big Tree Park in Longwood.

A 50-foot clone of the cypress has been planted at the park, and a 60-foot clone has been placed at Reiter Park, also in Longwood.

Big Tree Park will reopen to the public March 2.

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