Descendant of Isaac Newton’s apple tree planted at William and Mary

Posted at 10:56 PM, Feb 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-23 22:56:54-05

Williamsburg, Va. – A descendant of Isaac Newton’s famous apple tree was planted Saturday afternoon at the College of William and Mary.

The tree is said to have inspired his theory of gravity.

A ceremonial planting was held outside Small Hall, which is home to the college’s Department of Physics.  A school spokesperson says there will eventually be three trees planted there.

The trees were obtained from cuttings from a tree at MIT which got its cuttings from Britain’s Royal Botanical Gardens.