AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - For eight years, Dr. Gary Keever and Auburn University's School of Forestry and Wildlife collected acorns from the beloved Toomer's Oaks, grew and sold them to members of the Auburn family.
However, after the trees were poisoned, the large amounts herbicide prevented them from producing acorns, ending the program.
"After the trees came down in April of 2013, we still had some of those rhizomatic shoots and at the base, so we tried again and we have rooted over 2,100 of them," explains Keever, an AU professor in the Department of Horticulture.
The clones are grown in an enclosed greenhouse where a mister runs constantly to provide the near 100 percent humidity required for them to take root.
"They look great and we now need homes for them," says Keever.
There have been more than 6,000 requests for seedlings and clones of the famed oaks.
The shoots that were taken from the original oaks have an identical makeup, so the new trees, are even closer to the parent tree than the seedlings.
"Plant it in your yard, watch it grow and recognize this is a very close thing to Toomer's Corner and that celebration," explains Keever.
The 8-10-ft. tall seedlings are $1,500 and the 1-3-ft. tall clones are $125.
Each tree will come with a certificate of authenticity, care instructions and a planting guide.
The trees are only available for pickup in Auburn now, but there will be a mailing option later this fall.
For more information about purchasing, email email@example.com.