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Toomer's Corner oak trees replaced Saturday

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Portions of Magnolia Avenue and South College were closed Saturday morning as the Toomer’s Corner trees were replaced.

Auburn University replaced the trees with two new live oaks as a small group of Auburn fans and students looked on as landscape crews did their work.

"We decided to go with smaller trees. They are 11 to 12 inches in diameter, approximately 30 to 35 feet tall. They came from a central Florida nursery. They were dug about 12 months ago. We expect these trees to perform a lot better," said Auburn University horticulture professor Dr. Gary Keever.

A fire in September severely damaged one of the trees. University officials decided to replace both after finding two replacements that match each other in size and appearance.

The original Auburn Oaks were poisoned in 2011.

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