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Iconic White House Trees to Be Removed

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A Southern Magnolia tree that was planted by President Andrew Jackson is seen at the White House in Washington Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 12:05 PM

The White House will soon cut down the nearly 200-year-old Jackson Magnolia in front of the building's southern facade, CNN reports.

The United States National Arboretum sent specialists to examine the tree, and found that it has deteriorated and must be removed. First lady Melania Trump signed off on the decision after reviewing these findings.

"The overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support," the report reads, according to CNN.

"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 tree was planted by President Andrew Jackson in 1828, shortly after he assumed office. His wife, Rachel, had died only days after the election and he reportedly insisted on planting a sprout from her favorite tree at their Tennessee farm.

CNN notes that the tree appeared on the back of the $20 bill from 1928 to 1998, and that former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama both gave seedlings from the trees as gifts during their time in the White House. The president gave a seedling to be planted in Cuba, while the first lady gave one to the Department of Agriculture to be planed in its community garden.

The Arboretum's report notes that the support system in place is falling apart, and creates a danger.

"Further cabling and support of the east leader is not an option due to the fragile, almost non-existent lower trunk. There is no longer a sound foundation, and the upper portion lacks sound wood for cabling. This half of the tree is considered a hazard.

"The west leader, on the other hand, could possibly be saved for a time, but will eventually succumb to the same fate. In addition, the high winds resulting from frequent helicopter landings complicates the future of the limb. It may fail in an unpredictable way."

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The White House will soon cut down the nearly 200-year-old Jackson Magnolia in front of the building's southern facade, CNN reports.
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