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The minimum spanning tree (MST) problem is one of the traditional optimization problems. Unlike the MST, the degree constrained minimum spanning tree (DCMST) of a graph cannot, in general, be found using a polynomial time algorithm. So, finding the DCMST of a graph is a well-known NP-hard problem of importance in communications network design, road network design and other network-related problems. So, it seems to be natural to use evolutionary algorithms for solving DCMST. Especially, when applying an evolutionary algorithm to spanning tree problems, a representation and search operators should be considered simultaneously. This paper introduces a new tree representation scheme and a genetic operator for solving combinatorial tree problem using evolutionary algorithms. We performed empirical comparisons with other tree representations on several test instances and could confirm that the proposed method is superior to other tree representations. Even it is superior to edge set representation which is known as the best algorithm.