2000-year-old Florida tree to be scaled for archive sample – Picture

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2000-year-old Florida tree to be scaled for archive sample - Picture
2000-year-old Florida tree to be scaled for archive sample - Picture

A trio of climbers ascended the towering Lady Liberty on Monday with hopes of giving the 2,000-year-old cypress new life through cloning.

The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive plans to collect a sample for cloning from the 89-foot-tall “Lady Liberty” tree on Monday.

The bald cypress tree is located in Big Tree Park in Longwood, the same Seminole County park where the approximately 3,500-year-old tree known as “The Senator” burned down in 2012.

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The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive aims to create living genetic libraries by cloning landmark trees through horticultural propagation for future research and reforestation efforts.

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The “Lady Liberty” tree has a 10-foot diameter and a 32-foot circumference.

Jean G. Thomas

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