A view looking up towards a sunny sky shows One World Trade Center towering over the branches of blooming Callery pear trees with white flowers.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Survivor Tree Seedling Program

Each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to three communities that have endured tragedy in recent years.

The Survivor Tree seedling program was launched on September 11, 2013, in partnership with Bartlett Tree Experts, of Stamford, Connecticut, and John Bowne High School in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens.

The following communities have committed to nurturing these trees to serve as landmarks symbolizing resiliency and hope.

 

2019

  • Las Vegas, where a gunman killed 58 people and injured 400 more at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October 2017.

  • Pittsburgh, where 11 people were shot and killed and six were injured at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

  • The country of Greece, where 102 died and 172 were injured in a series of wildfires in 2018. The municipality of Marathon will accept the seedling on behalf of the country.

2018

  • Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people in February 2018, including students and staff members, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
  • London, in memory of those who lost their lives, and on behalf of the bereaved, the survivors, and all those affected by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Puerto Rico, after the catastrophic Hurricane Maria, which left an estimated 2,975 people dead in its wake.

 

2017

  • Manchester, England, in memory of the 22 people, including young adults and children, who were killed by a terrorist bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017.
  • Charleston, South Carolina, in memory of the nine people killed in a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • The country of Haiti, which was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

 

2016

  • San Bernardino, California, in memory of the 14 people killed and 22 injured on December 2, 2015.
  • Orlando, in memory of the 49 people killed and 58 injured at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. The seedling has been planted at the Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando.
  • The country of France, in memory of the 139 people killed and 368 people injured in Paris on November 13, 2015, and the 86 people killed and 434 injured in the Bastille Day attacks in Nice on July 14, 2016. The seedling has been planted in Paris.

 

2015

  • Newtown, Connecticut, in memory of the 20 school children and six adults who were killed on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • Joplin, Missouri, in memory of the more than 150 people killed and more than 1,000 injured by a tornado in Joplin on May 22, 2011.
  • Madrid, in memory of the 2004 coordinated terror bombings against the Cercanías commuter train system of Madrid that killed 190 people and wounded 1,800.

 

2014

  • Oso, Washington, in memory of the 43 people killed in a mudslide that struck the small town on March 22, 2014, and in recognition of the town's resiliency.
  • Gulfport, Mississippi, to remember those who died in the region devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005.
  • Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas, in honor of the 16 victims and survivors of the shootings on November 5, 2009, and April 2, 2014, and in acknowledgement of the continued sacrifice of the men and women who serve and their families.

 

2013

  • Far Rockaway in Queens, New York, which was torn and battered in 2012 by Superstorm Sandy.
  • Prescott, Arizona, in honor of the 19 firefighting members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died on June 30, 2013. The fires in Arizona resulted in the highest number of American firefighters killed in a single incident since 9/11.
  • Boston, in honor of the three people killed in the bombing at its marathon on April 15, 2013.

The Survivor Tree

The Survivor Tree stands on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza as a living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth.