Published: Fri, December 29, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

White House's iconic magnolia tree to be cut down

White House's iconic magnolia tree to be cut down

Rachel died on December 22, 1828, days after her husband was elected as president. But Tuesday, Melania Trump reportedly made the decision to have it removed after tree specialists determined "the overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised", the report stated, according to CNN.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday toured The Hermitage, the historic home of President Andrew Jackson, and placed a wreath on the seventh president's tomb.

The outlet later included an update to their story that specialists had warned of the danger the long-propped up failing tree posed to anyone near it, and that this led to Mrs. Trump's order to have the tree removed.

The document 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", they continued, also stating that further cabling isn't an option because the lower trunk is "almost non-existent. and the upper portion lacks sound wood for cabling". Jackson, who blamed his political enemies for his wife's death, moved into the White House as a widower. "It is hard to predict when and how many more will fail".

Workers cut branches from the magnolia tree planted by President Andrew Jackson
Workers cut branches from the magnolia tree planted by President Andrew Jackson Credit Joshua Roberts Reuters

While the tree will no longer be a part of the White House vista, there are efforts being made to ensure the wood is preserved.

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The tree was featured on the back of the $20 bill between 1928 and 1998. The groundskeepers have been growing offshoots of the tree in preparation for this eventuality and some are already 8-to-10 feet tall so another Jackson magnolia will be planted in the original tree's place, CNN reported. A 1994 single-engine plane crash damaged the magnolia by slicing off one of its branches. President Obama gifted a seedling from the tree to the Israeli people during a trip to former Israeli president Shimon Peres' presidential residence in 2013.

The iconic tree has been in the background for countless events; from state arrival ceremonies to Easter egg rolls and photo ops.

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