Posted by: stiltsville | March 18, 2010

Largest tree east of the Mississippi

The Senator is the largest Bald Cypress tree in the United States, located in Big Tree Park, Longwood, Florida. It is 125 feet tall, with a trunk diameter of 17.5 feet.

As of 1993, The Senator is estimated to be 3,400-3,500 years old. The tree’s volume had previously been estimated at 4,300 cubic feet, but a 2006 survey by Will Blozan of the Native Tree Society has measured the volume at well over 5,100 cubic feet, making The Senator not only the largest Bald Cypress in the United States, but also the largest tree of any species east of the Mississippi River.

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