DC’s short cherry tree Stumpy on the chopping block

DC's iconic cherry tree Stumpy prepares to say goodbye

People from across the D.C. area were heartbroken when the National Park Service said 140 cherry trees would be removed between the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial for a $113 million rehabilitation of the seawalls around the Tidal Basin and along the Potomac River through West Potomac Park.

Stumpy, the famous distressed cherry tree on the Tidal Basin, will be among the ones to go.

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The construction on the seawalls is aimed at addressing flooding issues which have overwatered some plants, harming the famed cherry trees, according to the park service. When the work is done, cherry trees will be planted to replace the ones that are cut down.

The National Park Service said the repairs are part of nearly $500 million in planned infrastructure improvements at the National Mall ahead of the 250th anniversary of American independence in 2026.

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Jimmy Alexander

Jimmy Alexander has been a part of the D.C. media scene as a reporter for DC News Now and a long-standing voice on the Jack Diamond Morning Show. Now, Alexander brings those years spent interviewing newsmakers like President Bill Clinton, Paul McCartney and Sean Connery, to the WTOP Newsroom.

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