Turns out one of the “witness trees” on Gettysburg has proven to be unusually resilient.
Though water-loving honey locusts usually do not live much more than 100 years, this one is approaching 170 on high ground in the cemetery.
Even more, it seemed doomed a decade ago after a wind storm sheared off much of its top. Park officials worried that what remained would prove unstable and pose a safety hazard to the thousands of tourists who walk nearby each year.
But they gave it a chance. The tree proved more resilient than expected and has been re-growing its canopy, a little at a time, ever since.