7. Survivor Tree, Memorial Plaza

The Survivor Tree in Memorial Plaza is easily one of the largest trees in the memorial.

Within the Memorial Plaza, where visitors can view the reflecting pools at the current World Trade Center Memorial, stands the Survivor Tree, which we’ve covered before. It is a Callery pear tree that survived the attacks on 9/11, and was worked into the design of the Memorial Plaza. Workers managed to free it and nurse it back to health in a Bronx park before replanting it again in Memorial Plaza. Survivor Tree, now standing at about thirty feet, approximately four times its original height back in 2001, easily towers over the other trees planted in the Plaza. Visitors flock around the tree–a living and breathing reminder that we must grow and move forward after these events, as its limbs bear the scars of the Towers.