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Longwood, Florida: Cypress Methuselah - Burned!

Also known as "The Senator." The biblical Methuselah lived to be 969, but the tree lasted way longer than that, an estimated 3,500 years. In January 2012 it was burned down by a drug addict. A sister tree, "Lady Liberty," remains.

761 General Hutchinson Parkway, Longwood, FL
North of town. On the south side of General Hutchinson Parkway, between Hwy 427/Ronald Reagan Blvd and US 17/92.
Daily 8 am - sunset. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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The Phoenix.

Cypress Methuselah

So sad to see the burned remains of The Senator, but the new tree that is a genetic copy is doing great!

[Ana, 02/23/2022]

Clone of the Senator.

Cypress Methuselah - Burned!

The tree that remains since the fire is a clone of The Senator.

[Laura Fernando, 10/10/2021]

Big Tree historical marker.

The Senator - Cypress Tree Methuselah

Big Tree Park, The Senator burnt down today. His sister tree is still there though, Lady Liberty.

[Cassie, 01/16/2012]

Early on Jan. 16, 2012, firefighters arriving at Big Tree Park found the 3,500 year old cypress tree engulfed in flames -- from the inside. It then collapsed. The 118-ft. tall landmark was believed to be the world's oldest pond cypress tree.

The Cypress Methuselah

This tree will impress all. There is something diminishing about being near something so old and still living. 40 feet away is the "sister" tree known as Lady Liberty. This tree is only 2,000 years old but still quite impressive. The trees have an iron fence around them, which is just as well because someone decided to carve "fail" into the trunk.

[Slumlord, 10/18/2011]

Big Tree - The Senator.

Big Tree Park - The Senator

This place is magical. Very easy to get to and a quiet walk to the big trees.

[Cris Swanlund, 12/03/2007]

This Tree is referred to as "The Senator," originally 165 ft. tall before a 1925 hurricane whittled it down a bit.

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