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9/11 'Survivor Tree' Blossoms At Start Of Spring

By VERENA DOBNIK 03/20/12 05:24 PM ET AP

911 Survivor Tree
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: New York Fire Department fire fighters look at the 9/11 survivor tree at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza during the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site, September 11, 2011 in New York City. New York City and the nation are commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the

NEW YORK -- A pear tree that miraculously survived the Sept. 11 terror attack blossomed at ground zero on the first day of spring.

The "Survivor Tree" – as it's been dubbed – was discovered amid the smoldering rubble, limbs lifeless, roots snapped, trunk blackened. Workers freed it and it was nursed back to health in a Bronx park before it was replanted.

Now topping 30 feet – four times its size in 2001 – it towers above other trees in Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center. On Tuesday, it sprouted white blossoms, seen for the first time by visitors to the 9/11 memorial that opened last September.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the tree is a testament to New York's "ability to endure" and "unshakeable belief in a brighter future."

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