Photo of Toomer’s Corner before Harvey Updyke poisoned the Oak trees:
There is a chance the trees on Toomer’s Corner could survive, but Auburn needed to do some major pruning yesterday. Here’s a statement from the university:
The Toomer’s Corner Oaks were pruned significantly today for safety reasons, based on advice from Auburn University’s Tree Preservation Committee. A tree service contractor, under the supervision of Auburn’s Facilities Management, removed weakened branches above the plaza and streets at the corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue. The work was done between summer and fall semesters because of fewer pedestrians on campus and less vehicle traffic. While long-term decisions about the trees have not been made, fans are still welcome to gather at the corner this fall and continue the tradition of rolling the trees with toilet paper.
Here are the current photos courtesy of AL.com of the beloved Oak trees on Toomer’s Corner: