The Oldest Cypress Tree In North America Burns To The Ground

Posted By on January 16, 2012

“The Senator” was an old friend to many, and besides being the tallest cypress tree in the United States, it was also the oldest of its kind in North America. Even more interesting, it was the fifth oldest tree in the world.

Longwood, Florida

A 3,500-year-old Central Florida landmark burned to the ground.

A fire early Monday has destroyed the 125-foot-tall bald cypress tree known as “The Senator,” the centerpiece of Longwood’s Big Tree Park.

“The Senator” was the tallest cypress tree in the United States, and believed to be the oldest of its kind in North America, and the fifth oldest tree in the world.

Officials with Seminole Fire Rescue said they do not believe the fire is the result of arson.

Crews had to lay over 800 feet of hose just to get to the tree, but Steve Wright, with Seminole County Fire Rescue, said they could not save “The Senator.”

The tree was so old and hollow that it burned from the inside out.

“We saw some of the helicopter views,” Winfree said. “It looked like a giant torch.”

The tree got its name from Sen. Moses Overstreet, who donated the land to Seminole County in 1927.

More at: http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2012/january/370329/The-Senator-falls,-worlds-5th-oldest-tree-destroyed-by-fire-in-Longwood

 

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