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Survivor Trees Around The World

 Occasionally, a calamity – whether natural or man-made – strikes humanity and when it appears that no living being can escape the catastrophe, a brave and resilient tree stands amidst the ruins. Is. There are countless examples of trees that have survived catastrophic events. He is revered locally as a symbol of hope, and to reflect the courage and spirit of affected communities. Thanks to the wide coverage by the media, some have found fame and respect beyond their geographical and political boundaries. Let's look at some of these so-called "survivor trees."


A badly damaged, burnt stump of a caly pear (Pyrus calleriana) was pulled out of the rubble of the former Word Trade Center towers in New York City, after it was destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The tree was planted in the 1970s. When it was recovered, the 8-foot-tall tree was in poor condition and had only one living branch. The tree has since been brought back to health and replanted near the National 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan.

Since 2013, seedlings from Survivor Tree have been distributed, planted and cared for, to various communities around the world that have faced tragedy in recent years. Recipients of Survivor Tree Planting include victims of mass shootings (Newtown and Killeen, both in the US), victims of typhoons and hurricanes (Joplin, Gulfport and Far Rockaway, all in the US), victims of bombings (Madrid, Spain and Boston). , US), as well as other natural disasters such as mud slides (Oso, US) and fire (Prescott).


American Elm: Oklahoma City Bombing Survivor

On April 19, 1995, a powerful bomb exploded through the Federal Building in the US city of Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring close to 700. About 650 people were inside the building at the time of the bombing. Among the survivors was a hundred-year-old American elm that was inconspicuous in the parking lot across the street. Workers would arrive early enough to be able to park under the shade of the tree.

The force of the explosion broke most of the branches from the tree, and glass and debris stuck to its trunk. During the investigation the tree was almost cut down so that the evidence hanging from its branches could be collected and embedded in its bark. But the community came together and saved the tree.

Today, the Survivor Tree is surrounded by special features that protect and shed light on the tree. An inscription around the tree reads: “The soul of this city and this nation will not be defeated; Our deep faith keeps us going. ,

Hundreds of Survivor Tree plants, which are distributed to the public each year, now grow in public and private spaces throughout the United States.

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