Auburn to replace Toomer's Corner oaks in February 2015

Auburn fans rolled the original Toomer's oaks for the last time in April 2013. (USATSI)
Auburn fans rolled the original Toomer's oaks for the last time in April 2013. (USATSI)

Auburn University announced Friday that it will plant two full-grown live oak trees at its famed "Toomer's Corner" on Feb. 16, 2015. The trees will replace the dead original oaks, which were removed in spring 2013.

"Our goal all along was to restore the corner with large trees at the earliest opportunity," Auburn Facilities Management official Dan King said in a statement. "Last summer we completed the hardscape [on the campus side of the corner] to improve aesthetics and the pedestrian experience. The only thing missing was the trees. We think this plan honors the tradition of the historic original oaks."

The trees were grown by a South Carolina-based nursery and are "approximately 35 feet tall and have about a 30-foot spread," per the statement. Auburn fans will not be permitted to roll the trees with toilet paper in the school's traditional victory celebration "for at least a year" as the oaks "acclimate to their new environment and establish roots."

The school will also plant 30 descendant oaks grown from acorns produced by the original trees in the adjacent park.

Alabama fan Harvy Updyke pleaded guilty in March 2013 to having poisoned the original oaks with a powerful herbicide in late 2010. He was sentenced to six months in jail, five years of probation, and to pay Auburn $800,000 in restitution.

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