Virginia Tech clones ancient tree for Earth Week

Posted at 11:26 PM, Apr 22, 2013

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WTVR) -- Virginia Tech kicked off Earth Week celebrations by planting a clone of the famous sycamore that stood on their lawn for more than 150 years.

The cloning process took more than three years to complete after the original tree was chopped down in 2010 out of concern for safety.

The exact age of the original sycamore is not known.

However, officials do know the tree greeted the first visitors to campus when it opened in 1872.