Longwood in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
“The Senator” was the Florida state champion Bald Cypress tree and had survived through an estimated 3,500 years of Florida’s extreme weather, forest fires and the logging boom of the early 1900s. Through all this “The Senator” stood strong, even surviving a hurricane that knocked off the top 40 feet of its crown until, on January 16, 2012, “The Senator” was lost to an arson fire.
In the mid 1990s, Mr. Laymond Hardy, a high school teacher with a strong interest in cypress, worked with Mr. Marvin Buchannan of Central Florida Lands and Timber Nursery and Dr. Donald L. Rockwood of the University of Florida, to develop a seed orchard of selected cypress trees. These forward thinking individuals wanted to include “the Senator” and therefore, collected several of its branches for cloning.
These branches were grafted onto root stock, propagated, and grown to the size of the tree you see here today. When relocated to Big Tree Park, this specimen was approximately 40 feet tall, and is a
Erected by Seminole County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry.
Location. 28° 43.229′ N, 81° 19.901′ W. Marker is in Longwood, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker can be reached from General Hutchinson Parkway 0.3 miles east of North Ronald Reagan Boulevard, on the right when traveling east. Marker located near the center of Big Tree Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 761 General Hutchinson Parkway, Longwood FL 32750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Tree (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lady Liberty (about 700 feet away); Longwood Hotel/Bradley McIntyre House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Historic Longwood/E.W. Henck (approx. 1.7 miles away); Heroes Monument (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Senator II (approx. 1.8 miles away); Oviedo Turntable (approx. 2½ miles away); Fixed Signal (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Longwood.
Also see . . . Big Tree Park. Seminole County (Submitted on September 22, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 22, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.