Entrepreneur transplants trees to bring comfort at Ground Zero | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle:
Nine years after the 9/11 terror attacks, work continues on the Ground Zero Memorial Plaza. Houston native Tom Cox has played a critical role by procuring and transplanting more than 500 trees for the project.
• The trees: Sweet gums and swamp white oaks, all harvested from New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., where lives were lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
• A solid canopy: 386 trees will provide a park-like canopy of shade over an underground museum; 126 more will dress up the adjacent Port Authority transportation hub, still under construction.
• Time frame: The first 16 trees were craned in on Aug. 28. Another 266 are to be in place by Sept. 11, 2011. The project should be complete in five to six years.