Tree Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Has Reproduced

This article was written by Laura Clark and first appeared on The Smart News blog at Smithsonian.com Get out the cigars—Methuselah, a Judean date palm tree that was grown from a 2,000 year old seed, has become a papa plant.

Elaine Solowey, of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at Kibbutz Ketura in Israel, recently broke the good news to National Geographic:

“He is over three meters [ten feet] tall, he's got a few offshoots, he has flowers, and his pollen is good," she says. "We pollinated a female with his pollen, a wild [modern] female, and yeah, he can make dates."