“It will look a little different but will survive.”
Survivor Tree Damage
Credit: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

Oklahoma City's most important tree fell victim to a historic ice storm this week.

The Survivor Tree was one of thousands of trees damaged by an unseasonable ice storm that swept across Oklahoma on Monday. The weight of the ice caused one of the tree's branches to break off Tuesday morning as crews raced to prop up its heavier limbs.

An impressive American elm that survived the full force of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, now stands on the north side of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. A beloved symbol of resilience and strength, the Survivor Tree is one of Oklahoma City's most significant landmarks.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial is working with the Oklahoma Forestry Service and Professional Tree Care of Edmund and are optimistic about the health of the tree.

"It will look a little different but will survive," a representative for the Oklahoma City National Memorial assured Southern Living.

According to a Facebook post, the Memorial has moved the fallen limb to a warehouse, where it will dry out. Once it is dry, they will collaborate with local Oklahoma woodworkers to create remembrance pieces out of it.

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Speaking with KOCO, Kari Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, seemed optimistic about the tree's future.

"I think we're going to be OK," Watkins said. "We lost the big branch, but sometimes God has a way of pruning his own trees."