A living memorial to Anne Frank on Boston Common

Anne Frank sapling gets its first mulching.Anne Frank sapling gets its first mulching.

City and Dutch officials today dedicated a sapling from the chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank's refuge and that she wrote in her diary gave her much comfort.

The sapling sits behind some protective wrought iron at the bottom of the hill leading up to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, on the Earl of Sandwich side.

Boston is one of 11 U.S. cities to get one of the saplings from the tree - taken before it collapsed in 2010 - thanks to Aliya Finkel, a student at Gann Academy in Waltham, who got Mayor Menino's ear and convinced him to apply for the tree. Among the people who raised money to plant the sapling in Boston: Students at the Indian Head School in Hanson.

Finkel helped give the sapling its first mulching this morning, along with officials who included City Councilor Mike Ross, whose father Stephen is a holocaust survivor.



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Anne Frank's tree was a horse-chestnut, not a chestnut. They have little in common beyond their names. Chestnuts are delicious and nutritious; horse-chestnuts are unpalatable and poisonous (but beautiful trees, especially when in bloom in May).

Chestnuts used to grow around here but have been driven to near extinction in the last 100 years by an introduced blight. Horse-chestnuts are European natives but grow well here as an ornamental - the Common already has at least a few.