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Bush Gift Makes Its Mark In N. Dakota

June 15, 1989|From Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. — A granite marker will soon join the tree that President Bush planted near the state Capitol in April.

The Capitol Grounds Planning Commission gave permission Tuesday for a three-foot plaque near the tree, making it the first raised marker to be allowed on the land immediately adjacent to the North Dakota Capitol.

Bush planted the 12-foot American elm in honor of North Dakota's centennial on April 24.

The tree, a descendant of a tree planted by John Quincy Adams, had been uprooted from the White House grounds. Tests later confirmed that it carried leaf-eating gypsy moths and the tree had to be sprayed.

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