The sapling was a gift from the French president during last week's ballyhooed state visit.
Washington media flocked to the South Lawn Monday to snap photos and shout questions as the two heads of state ceremoniously shoveled soil on the budding tree.
But now, less than a week later, recent photos show an off-color, pale patch of turf where the sapling once stood.
The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. An official from France's presidential office told Reuters the tree, imported from France's Belleau Wood forest, needed to be quarantined in order to prevent the spread of parasites and it would return in the near future.