An Omen: National Christmas Tree Dies After 14 Months of Being Planted in Front of White House
May 4th, 2012
BLS Note: Above is a picture of the tree during happier times.
Was it Transplant shock or Marxist angst? The lesson to be learned here is that collectivism kills.
But in all honesty, after 14 months? Very odd indeed....
WASHINGTON -- Just 14 months after it was planted in front of the White House, the National Christmas Tree has died.
The tree, a Colorado blue spruce, died from "complications resulting from transplant shock," the National Park Service said, according to msnbc.com.
It was planted on the Ellipse near the president's residence a little over a year ago -- having been grown in New Jersey -- to replace a tree that had served as America's Christmas tree for 33 years before succumbing to a storm.
Another Colorado blue spruce will replace the tree.
The lighting of the tree by the president is a tradition dating back 90 years to Calvin Coolidge. Use has varied between cut trees and live trees, as well as between species.