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Auburn trees sprout new growth

by The Associated Press,
March 10th 2012

AUBURN — There’s new growth on the poisoned oak trees at Auburn University, but an expert said the Toomer’s oaks aren’t yet out of the woods.

Auburn horticulturist Gary Keever said the unseasonably warm winter is forcing the trees’ metabolism to accelerate.

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

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 said 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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March 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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