New York Post

Axin' Jackson's tree


They’re not just cutting taxes.

The White House will ax a nearly 200-year-old tree planted on the South Lawn by Andrew Jackson, because it is dying, according to CNN.

First Lady Melania Trump gave the order to fell the socalled Jackson Magnolia (above left). The seventh president planted it in memory of his wife, Rachel, after the divisive 1828 election, which he blamed for her death.

The decision follows a recommenda­tion from the US Na- tional Arboretum, which found “the overall architectu­re and structure of the tree is greatly compromise­d and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support.”

“Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago,” the arboretum continued. “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. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fail.”

Legend has it that Jackson planted the magnolia using a sprout from Rachel’s favorite tree at their farm in Hermitage, Tenn.

It has since quietly presided over countless White House Easter egg rolls, press conference­s and receptions for foreign dignitarie­s.

White House groundskee­pers have already begun propagatin­g an offshoot of the tree in order to plant a clone.

The dying tree will be removed later this week.

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