Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Willam & Mary Issac Newton tree bears fruit

Willam & Mary Issac Newton tree bears fruit

One of two clones of Isaac Newton’s original apple tree is bearing fruit. Two were planted in late February outside Small Hall at William & Mary College.

The university received the trees—a traditional cultivar known as the Flower of Kent—as cuttings from the Newton Tree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

Martha Case, the College Conservator of Botanical Collections, has been keeping a close eye on the university’s Newton trees since they were planted in February of 2014. The two physicists, Marc Sher and Joshua Erlich, were instrumental in obtaining the trees — clones of the very tree that legend says inspired Isaac Newton to formulate his theory of...