We love a lively green roof, but we've never seen one quite like this. In Indiana, a tree growing on top of the courthouse in downtown Greensburg has become the stuff of legends. Michelle Hess, a bartender at the Beach Tiki Bar and Grill across the street from the courthouse and a Greensburg local, told me that various myths have been propagated since 1870, when the tree was first spotted, about how it came to grow 115 feet up in the air. She was told a bird pooped on the semi-pitched rooftop, but Scott Anderson, a waiter at the same bar, says he was told the wind brought the seed to its perch. Even more curious than its genesis, however, is the tree's continued existence. How does it survive on the roof without soil and water? And has the same tree lived on top of the tower all this time?
A close up of the tree, which Purdue University Foresters say is a Mulberry.
The tree sits on top of the court house tower in downtown Greensburg
Yup, there's a tree on the tower!
The tree was first spotted in the late 1800s
One of the original trees grew to be 15 feet tall!
People come from all over the country to visit this curious phenomenon
Nobody is sure how the tree first sprouted
A Steeple Jack is tasked with trimming and caring for the tree
Most likely this is a Mulberry tree, but the original may have been a large tooth aspen
Some say a bird pooped on the roof, others attribute it to wind
Head to Greensburg in time for the Fall Festival September 26-27, 2014 to spot this legendary tree!