The Survivor Tree

President Obama will today lay a wreath at the “Survivor Tree,” a callery pear found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center plaza, nursed back to health, and planted at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza at ground zero in December.

The tree, originally planted at the WTC complex more than 30 years ago, has tremendous symbolic value for many New Yorkers.

Taken to the Parks Department’s Arthur Ross Nursery in Van Cortlandt Park, the tree was barely alive in 2001.

It was then only around eight feet tall. Most of it had been destroyed. It was twisted and charred.

Parks Department workers nursed it back to health; it now stands more than 35 feet.

-- Jake Tapper ( @jaketapper )

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