Longwood in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Senator II
A Living Legacy in Reiter Park
The Senator II provides habitat for wildlife in Reiter Park and is a living legacy: it is a clone of a famous tree that took root thousands of years ago in a nearby forest.
The original tree, known as the Senator, inspired the creation of Longwood’s Big Tree park. At 118 feet tall and estimated to be 3,500 years old, the Senator was the largest tree east of the Mississippi and one of the oldest living organisms in the world. In 2012, the Senator caught fire and burned down. Cuttings taken several years prior to its destruction were grown into clones, one of which stands here today: the Senator II.
How Big Will It Grow?
The original Senator was 165 feet tall at one point, but a hurricane snapped its top in 1925, leaving it at 118 feet tall. The Senator II could grow that tall, but it will take hundreds of years. The image below illustrates the Senator II's potential future height and how it would look next to the amphitheater.
About Bald Cypress Trees
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 2012.
Location. 28° 42.062′ N, 81° 21.062′ W. Marker is in Longwood, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Warren Avenue and North Milwee Street. Marker located within Reiter Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 311 W Warren Ave, Longwood FL 32750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Heroes Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Longwood/E.W. Henck (approx. 0.2 miles away); Longwood Hotel/Bradley McIntyre House (approx. ¼ mile away); Lady Liberty (approx. 1.7 miles away); Big Tree (approx. 1.7 miles away); "The Phoenix"… (approx. 1.8 miles away); John & Annie Griffin (approx. 1.9 miles away); Concord Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Longwood.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.