The historic magnolia tree was planted in the 1800s by President Andrew Jackson. It was a beautiful tree which has graced the White House’s south façade over quite a long period of time but times has come for a significant part of it to be removed.
It was First Lady Melania Trump that gave the order after noticing that the tree had decayed to a level where it could no longer be safely preserved. Jackson is believed to have planted the tree as a way to honor his late wife but little did he know it would be a scene to behold for over a century.
Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, on Tuesday said that the decision was not an impromptu one. According to her, first lady had proceeded to hold a discussion with the White House staff which approved her decision. In order to classify the tree as a safety risk, she first and foremost reviewed an analysis by the United States National Arboretum, a move that has been praised by a lot of the people familiar with the matter.
The first lady exuded confidence in outlining that all the necessary efforts had been made in an effort to preserve the historic tree and nothing more could be done. She expressed deep concern on the safety of the members of the press who usually stood right in front of it during the Marine One lifts. She was also concerned about the other visitors that were at risk and she thought it would be much better to prioritize their lives.
Quite a significant position of the tree is set to be removed in the course of this week. However, it is expected that the wood and the seedlings as well will be preserved for future purposes.
A person familiar with the circumstances surrounding the tree said, “The Jackson Magnolia, also known as a magnolia grandiflora tree, was Andrew Jackson’s tribute to wife Rachel Jackson. The pair fell in love and attempted to get married while Rachel was still legally married to her former husband.”
He went further to reveal that the circumstance turned out to be so grave such that in resulted in a major scandal in the course of the presidential campaign of 1828.