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Toomer’s Corner trees could be replaced | WRBL

AUBURN, Ala. —

An Auburn University committee recommended on Tuesday that if the Toomer’s Corner oak trees die, new ones should be re-planted and the rolling should keep “rolling’ on.

They’re usually lush, vibrant and full of toilet paper, but the prognosis of the live oak trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn after the 2010 poisoning is not good.

“They’ve declined over the last growing season. They have maybe five percent of the foliage that they should have at this time of year. Co they’re in very bad shape,” says Horticulturist Dr. Gary Keever.

The AU professor says they don’t know if or when the trees will die, but says it’s very likely and it could be as early as this fall.

They are dormant and while these trees are dormant they’re not actively growing. The herbicide is not likely to be taken up in any significant quantities,” Keever says.

Officials won’t really know anything concrete until spring. Dr. Keever says that if the foliage that is currently on the trees falls off and no new foliage is produced then the trees are likely close to death.

The university would then probably begin the process of replacing the trees with new ones.

“The details of how this will look, whether it’s one or two trees, the exact species and the size, that hasn’t been decided,” Keever says.

“Replanting the new trees, it’s just kind of…it’s good but at the same time it’s not the same,” says Ciera Burke who is a sophomore at AU.

If new trees are replanted, it would be several years before students would be able to roll them after sports victories because the tree’s roots need to be re-established.

The committee has come up with some options to keep the tradition alive if they do have to be replaced.

“Some type of cable system on this intersection to my left. That’s been discussed,” Keever says. He says if the oaks die the wood is hardy and would not be immediately and the new trees would most likely be a species of oak that is more adapted to the university’s environment.


Written by vaphc

January 20, 2012 at 11:58 am

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