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Bush butternut
Species Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Location Tumwater, Washington, United States
Coordinates 46°58′05″N 122°52′55″W / 46.96806°N 122.88194°W / 46.96806; -122.88194
Date seeded 1845 (1845) (planted)
Custodian Ray Gleason (arborist)

The Bush butternut tree is a butternut tree in Tumwater, Washington, planted in 1845 by George Washington Bush, an African-American veteran of the War of 1812 who became a pioneer of the Puget Sound region and founder of the city of Tumwater. The tree is thought to be the oldest butternut in the United States and possibly the oldest in the world. Historians are divided on whether Bush brought a seed or seedling with him from Missouri in the United States to the Puget Sound area, then in Oregon Country.

The original tree stands on Bush's homestead, now Bush Prairie Farm and a land trust, near Olympia Airport. In 2009, a tree grown from an seed of the original tree was planted on the Washington State Capitol campus in Olympia, Washington. Another was planted at Washington State University in Eastern Washington in 2014. Another was planted in Centralia, Washington, in 2017, commemorating its founder George Washington, another African-American settler, and his namesake President George Washington.

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