Professor estimates age of Toomer’s Oaks

Toomer's Corner
Toomer's Corner

AUBURN, Ala. (WIAT) — The Toomer’s Oaks were poisoned two years ago, a process which stopped the growing process of the trees and eventually led to them having to be removed.

Gary Keever, a horticulturist at Auburn, and Brian Via, a professor in Auburn’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences counted the rings in the oaks to come up with a guess about the true age of the trees.

The findings indicate that the Toomer’s Oaks are between 83 to 85 years old, an age that supports earlier claims that the trees were planted in 1937.

Keepsakes made from the Toomer’s Oaks can be purchased by clicking on this link.

The keepsakes are manufactured by companies approved by Auburn University.

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