The Survivor Tree: Symbol of Strength

The Oklahoma City bombing, a terrorist attack in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., on April 19, 1995, in which a massive homemade bomb concealed in a rental truck exploded, heavily damaging the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. A total of 168 people were killed, including 19 children and injuring more than 500. The building was later razed, and a park was built on the site. The bombing remained the deadliest terrorist assault on U.S. soil until the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., in 2001. 

An American elm tree just yards away from the explosion of the Oklahoma City bombing shouldn’t have survived the blast; however, this amazing tree not only survived, but it still thrives still today at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. The Survivor Tree has come to stand for a symbol of hope and resilience for an entire community. 

Seedlings were grown with seed collected from the actual Survivor Tree, an amazing 90 year-old American Elm which withstood the 1995  Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bomb blast and remains steadfast to this day in its original location on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.  With this seedling, you will grow a true descendant of this historical tree — a living testament to the spirit of resilience and courage of the Oklahoma City community, the American people, and survivors everywhere.

With its imposing size, stately form, powerful gray-clad trunk, and shapely crown of fine foliage, the American Elm (Ulmus americana) is one of America's most handsome and wide-ranging native trees.  Among Elms, it is often considered the grandest and most beloved.  This rugged tree is a rapid grower that thrives in a variety of soil types and extreme climates, both hot and cold.

Located between the Sensory Garden and Dottie's Graden the Remembrance Circle was created by the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs to honor the victims of the blast.It consists of Spring Snow Crabapples surrounding a Globe Spruce and bronze plaque commemorating  the event. The memorial is the only one of it's kind in the country.

The Yellowstone Arboretum has secured a seedling from the original "Survivor Tree". It will be planted in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the OKC bombing. Located along the main path it will be signed and honored in respect of all the victims and survivors


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