A severely burned and damaged stump of a Callery pear tree was discovered by recovery workers amid the wreckage at ground zero. Rescued and nursed back to health by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, it was returned to the 9/11 Memorial in December 2010. The tree became known as the Survivor Tree, a symbol of survival and rebirth.
The Survivor Tree, which now stands over 30 feet tall, was planted at the Memorial along with over 400 swamp white oak trees. It is unique not only because it is the only Callery pear tree on the Memorial, but it is also the first tree to bloom and that last tree to shed its leaves every year. This spring, Jin Lee, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum photographer, recorded the blooming of the Survivor Tree and produced a time-lapse video showing the tree’s delicate white blossoms sprouting from its stark branches.
Watch the video here.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff