Auburn’s Trees May Survive

July 4, 2011 – 11:53 pm by Ryan Phillips

Remember those trees at Auburn that got poisoned by some guy for some reason or another? Yeah, those. Apparently they’re not dead after all.

Despite being a mix of yellow and brown at this point, the oaks at Toomer’s Corner still have a chance at survival. Um, yay? I guess?

“I don’t want to give a sense of false hope, but we’re not ready to say they’re definitely not going to make it,” Auburn University horticulturist Gary Keever said.

In a story no one outside of Alabama cares about, about five months ago Auburn confirmed that the trees had been poisoned. Alabama fan Harvey Updike Jr. has been on indicted on charges of including criminal mischief and desecration of a venerated object.

Updike, a 62-year-old with children named Bear and Crimson Tyde, called into Paul Finebaum’s radio show on January 27, claiming to have poisoned the soil around the trees using Spike 80DF, an herbicide. Updike said he poisoned the trees the weekend following the Iron Bowl, and finished the call by saying “Roll damn Tide!” Updike, who is clearly a genius, made the call from his home phone. Police subsequently traced the call and arrested him. If convicted, he could get 10 years in prison.

In February Auburn officials said that the trees had, indeed, been poisoned by a lethal dose of Spike 80DF.

The trees are currently protected 24 hours a day as each one is surrounded by a metal barricade, and they get water every other day.

There is currently hope that the two trees will survive if properly cared for. Take that Harvey Updike.

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  1. One Response to “Auburn’s Trees May Survive”

  2. When questioned, the trees had this to say:

    “Hroom-room-room-room. Room-hoom-hoom-hroom. Hroom-hroom-hoom-room.”

    By MJenks on Jul 5, 2011

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