Strong winds have knocked down a tree on the White House's North Lawn.
The tree appeared to have been snapped off near its base during
a storm Tuesday afternoon. The large tree had stood between
Pennsylvania Avenue and the West Wing.
White House spokesman Bill Burton says it was a European linden.
Grounds crews on Wednesday will grind up the tree to use it for mulch.
Burton says the tree was planted in 1940, but not by a president to mark a special occasion.
President George W. Bush and Laura Bush planted a tree on the
North Lawn to replace a 140-year-old tree that fell in 2006.