Toomer’s Trees Could Make It

By  | March 9, 2012 | Filed under: News

Toomer's Corner Live OaksAUBURN – The historic live oaks at Toomer’s Corner are showing signs of new growth, however experts warn fans not to get their hopes up… too much, anyway. Auburn horticulturist Gary Keever says the unseasonably warm winter is forcing the trees’ metabolism to accelerate.

In a report from the Opelika-Auburn News Keever said the trees’ new growth is “encouraging.” But he says it doesn’t mean the trees are going to survive.

Harvey Updyke - Alleged Tree Poisoner

Harvey Updyke, a University of Alabama fan is awaiting trial on charges of poisoning the trees after the 2010 Iron Bowl. Auburn fans traditionally roll the trees with toilet paper after a big win.

Keever says experts should be able to definitively gauge the health of the trees this spring. The school plans to replace the trees if they eventually die.

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