Andrew Jackson magnolia - Daviess County courthouse, Owensboro, KY

This large southern magnolia was planted on the south lawn of the Daviess County courthouse in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1991. The magnolia is descended from one that Andrew Jackson brought to Washington DC from his home state of Tennessee. Jackson was the nation's seventh president.
Andrew Jackson magnolia
Stan was persistent and got help from then US Senator Wendell Ford to retrieve the seedlings. A lot of effort was expended in order to make this project successful and Stan worked diligently to see this planting come to fruition. The magnolia is the same tree pictured on the back of the twenty dollar bill.

This variety of tree is better suited for areas farther south but was planted in a prime location with a lot of sun and good drainage and seems to be faring quite well.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~Chinese Proverb
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