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Thursday, 28 December 2017 - 14:19
Iconic White House tree to be cut back
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A historic tree that has stood at the White House for nearly 200 years is scheduled to be cut back.

The "Jackson" magnolia was planted by President Andrew Jackson as a tribute to his recently deceased wife.

It has been a backdrop to historic ceremonies and even featured on the $20 note between 1928 and 1988.

But experts say the tree is damaged and poses a safety hazard. First Lady Melania Trump has called for a large portion of it to be removed.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Trump had requested that seedlings be maintained so that a new tree could possibly be replanted in the same area.

She said rump had taken the decision because the tree posed a threat to "the safety of visitors and members of the press who are often standing right in front" of it when the presidential helicopter takes off.

Workers prepare to remove the iconic Jackson Magnolia tree, the oldest tree on the White House grounds, from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 27 December 2017

Marine One takes off on the South Lawn in front of magnolia blossoms on March 27, 2008 at the White House in Washington, DC.

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