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Andrew Jackson Magnolia Tree Outside White House to Get Axed

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The Southern Magnolia tree planted in the 1800s by President Andrew Jackson is seen at the White House in 2009. (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 05:56 PM

The historic Andrew Jackson magnolia tree sitting on the west side of the White House since the 1800s will be getting the axe, CNN reported on Tuesday.

Specialists at the United States National Arboretum were brought in by the White House to assess the tree and, CNN said, documents showed that efforts over the decades to save the tree had failed and it was too damaged and decayed to stay in place.

The large tree is one of three on the west side of the White House and the oldest on the White House grounds.

"The overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support," the documents obtained by CNN said. "Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago. Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as a cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fail."

The Hill reported the magnolia tree dated to when President Andrew Jackson was in office.

Jackson, who served from 1829 to 1837, planted the tree to honor his wife who died shortly after he was elected to office. It grew from a sprout from his wife's favorite Southern Magnolia tree at their Tennessee farm, The Hill noted.

CNN reported that another Jackson magnolia will be planted in its place.

First lady Melania Trump made the final call after she viewed the tree and assessed all of the professional information and historical documents, a White House official told CNN. The network said the tree could come down later this week.

The Washington Examiner said the tree has long been part of White Houle folklore. It was featured on the back of the $20 bill from 1928 to 1988 and former first lady Laura Bush commissioned White House china, called "The Magnolia Residence China," based on the tree.

Former first lady Michelle Obama took a seedling from the tree in 2009 for the Department of Agriculture's garden there, the Examiner added.

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A historic magnolia tree at the White House since Andrew Jackson was in office will be getting the axe soon after sitting on the west side of the presidential residence since the 1800s.
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