Genetic samples of a 2,000-year-old bald cypress tree in Florida were collected today by the non-profit organization Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.
The tree known as Lady Liberty, located in Big Tree Park in Longwood, Florida, survives its cousin tree called The Senator, a 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree that tragically burned down in 2012. In an effort to save the line of genetics from a similar tragedy, Archangel was called in to collect and propagate the tree for future generations.
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Once grown to a hearty height, Lady Liberty’s clones will be planted in a living archive, and others will be replanted at the site and donated to schools and various organizations in its native Florida.
See another story about our efforts with this tree.
Good work, we have ancient cypress here in Mississippi. At Sky Lake these are at the edge of the delta at are protected. Maybe clones of these could be gathered.
I am so pleased to hear about Archangel. I purchase native trees for my area and plant wand water them in remnant bushland. We have lost habitat for the Koala around here, how pathetic is that!