Historic White House tree rotting, to be removed this week

By Caitlyn Jones, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 1:15 PM EST

A piece of history is set to be removed from the White House lawn sometime this week. It's known as the Jackson Magnolia tree and it's been pictured in front of the White House since the 1800s.

  • Jackson Magnolia tree to be taken down this week
  • Planted at the White House by President Jackson
  • Tree has been rotting for several years

You may have seen it in the background of pictures of the White House during special events, or maybe you remember seeing it on the $20 bill.

The Jackson Magnolia has been there for nearly two centuries, but it's been rotting for several years and has been deemed a hazard. 

The tree has been held up by a pole and cable system since 1981 to preserve its history, but experts say the system is failing and the tree's life can't be extended any longer.

That's why, according to CNN, the White House has decided to finally bring it down. 

The Jackson Magnolia was planted by President Andrew Jackson in memory of his wife, who passed away shortly after he was elected in 1828. The offshoots came from a tree she loved on the Jacksons Hermitage Estate in Tennessee. 

Since then it's become a part of history, making its way into several historic photos. Offshoots have been gifted to people around the world. 

Some good news, CNN says the plan is to use offshoots from the original tree to have a new Magnolia tree planted in the same spot. Those offshoots are kept at the White House greenhouses.