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The Oldest Tree On The White House Grounds Is Being Removed

A tree that's been in place on the south side of the White House for more than a century is reportedly going to be cut down. 

According to documents obtained by CNN, specialists have tried for decades to preserve the Jackson Magnolia. But now, its structure is reportedly "greatly compromised" and it's being held up entirely by a cable system.

The documents read in part, "Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as the cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fall."

The Jackson Magnolia was planted in 1835 when President Andrew Jackson was in office. The magnolia tree was planted in honor of Jackson's late wife, Rachel. 

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First Lady Melania Trump reportedly made the ultimate decision to remove the damaged and decaying tree. It's scheduled to be removed before Jan. 1. 

The spot near the White House's South Portico won't remain won't empty for long. A healthy offshoot from the original Jackson Magnolia will reportedly be planted in its place. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN

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