GeekWire: Watch a giant tree being hoisted into Amazon's Spheres

A 48-year-old tree, sent by truck from a Southern California farm two weeks ago, has a new home inside the Spheres on Amazon's downtown Seattle campus.

A 48-year-old tree, sent by truck from a Southern California farm two weeks ago, has a new home inside the Spheres on Amazon’s downtown Seattle campus.

The 55-foot-tall Ficus rubiginosa — the largest specimen planted in the unique structures — was hoisted by crane on Tuesday morning. Dubbed “Rubi,” the tree was inserted via an opening in the roof of one of the domes at the construction site on Lenora Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

An attempt to lift the tree on June 12 was stopped over concern for the stability of the box holding the tree’s root ball. Eight days later, with a crowd of Amazon and Sellen construction workers and others looking on, a giant crane made short work of the job.

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