World Trade Center’s “Survivor Tree” Blossoms in Time for Spring
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The callery pear tree, which miraculously survived the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 on the World Trade Center, blossomed just in time for the first day of spring.

The “Survivor Tree” which stood only 8 feet tall when uncovered from the rubble, was badly burnt, and only had one living branch, was transplanted from Ground Zero and efforts were made to nurse it back to health at a nursery in the Bronx. The tree was not expected to survive. Miraculously, in the spring after the attacks, new growth was observed on the tree and it was continued to be nursed back to health.

After surviving another incident in March of 2010 in which the tree was uprooted during a storm, the tree has become a symbol of hope and rebirth. After the uprooting of the tree, Mayor Bloomberg said “Again, we and the tree refused to throw in the towel. We replanted the tree, and it bounced back immediately.”1

The tree was returned to the World Trade Center site, as an integral part of the 9/11 Memorial and a reminder to New Yorkers and Americans “of the thousands of survivors who persevered after the attacks”2, and now stands at over 30 feet tall.



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1. Reynolds, Aline. “One survivor from 9/11 returns home, for good”. downtown express. Retrieved 17 March 2012.

2. Blais, Allison (2011). A Place of Remembrance. National Geographic Society. pp. 208. ISBN 978-1-4262-0807-2.

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