QTD: The Survivor Tree in New York City

September 8, 2022
A photo of a single tree in a field
“You can see in my trunk where I go light from dark, where my limbs were reborn, where I grew brand-new bark. My blossoms remind us how strong we all are. I’m a living reminder how we rose from the dark. With the power of hope, there’s just one way to sum it: There’s nothing so bad that we can’t overcome it.”

Weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a battered & broken Callery pear tree was discovered amongst the rubble at Ground Zero in New York City. With one branch still alive, the tree was placed in the care of NYC's Dept. of Parks & Recreation for rehabilitation. As years passed, the tree grew from eight feet to 30, & in 2010 it was planted at the 9/11 Memorial in NYC. As a symbol of hope, its resilience is shared: each year, the Survivor Tree's seedlings are given to communities recovering from tragedy. Past recipients include the Santa Fe High School in TX, after a 2018 school shooting which killed ten people, & the Bahamas, after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian (2019).

The Survivor Tree (9/11 Memorial & Museum)

Survivor Tree Time Lapse Video

Survivor Tree Seedling Program (9/11 Memorial & Museum)

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by Jenna Lee,