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Will Auburn count the Toomer’s Oaks tree rings?

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Did you see the eagle and tiger, Dr. Keever? “Son of gun.. I guess I was too close, trying to count blurry tree rings.”

So, speaking of tree rings, it should be pretty easy to determine the Toomer’s Oaks’ exact age now, right?

Maybe not.

“The bar on the chainsaw wasn’t long enough to cut through the base of the trunk in one even pass,” says Auburn Horticulture Professor Dr. Gary Keever, who oversaw yesterday’s removal operation. “Instead, the angle of the saw was repeatedly changed during the cut resulting in an uneven surface and (making) areas of annual rings indistinguishable.”

“We may have to recut to determine.”

(The rings may be indistinguishable, but plenty of folks think the eagles and tigers are quite clear.)

Though half the stories you see on the oaks still list their age as 130 years old, researchers last year learned that the trees are likely around 75 years old.

Photo: Jeff Etheridge, AU Photographic Services.


Related: USA Today sports section pays tribute to Toomer’s Oaks by adding tree rings to its logo.

More on the the Toomer’s Oaks: 

* That tree in the old picture of Toomer’s Corner is not one of the Toomer’s Oaks
* Toomer’s Corner rollings didn’t start with Punt, Bama, Punt, says History
* Did Auburn students celebrate Bear Bryant’s death by rolling Toomer’s Corner?
* Auburn unveils new plans for Toomer’s Corner
* Incredible video of the final rolling of the Toomer’s Oaks shot from a drone
* What Auburn thought about Toomer’s toilet paper removal in 1979
* Auburn Creed written on toilet paper hanging from Toomer’s Oaks after final rolling

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