The biggest and oldest pond cypress in the world. Located in Big Tree Park, Longwood, FL. The Senator was 125 feet (38m) tall, with a trunk diameter of 17.5 feet (5.3m).
Seminole County police arrested a woman who confessed to causing the fire that destroyed the Senator. Sarah Barnes and a friend were smoking meth inside the tree, and using an open flame as a guide. After the fire broke out, Barnes took photos and video with her cell phone and later showed them to several people which led someone to tip off investigators. Apparently she left the fire burning, and the tree was engulfed days later, burning from the inside out. Though the park is still open, the tree is no longer standing.
- Atlas Obscura
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In 1997 Marvin Buchanan was creating a cypress grove and needed tree cuttings to get the plants going. Layman Hardy was part of a group trying to preserve some of the oldest cypress trees, and heard about Buchanan's experiment. A storm had just knock a branch off of the Senator and Hardy sent the sample to Buchanan.
On March 2, 2014, Big Tree Park was re-opened to the public after being closed for almost a year after the fire that destroyed The Senator. The park had a new tree. The tree is named The Phoenix and is a clone of The Senator.
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