The future of Toomer's Corner has gone back and forth ever since the news originally broke that Alabama fan Harvey Updyke had poisoned the famous trees. At first Auburn's beloved oak trees were doomed, and then there was a chance that the trees could survive. In between, Updyke went through roughly 300 lawyers before finally finding one that had no relationship with Auburn.
Whoever will be defending Updyke, their job just got a bit harder. Thanks to the latest sampling of the soil at Toomer's, it's now believed that the trees don't have much chance for survival.
New soil samples from the Toomer's Corner trees allegedly poisoned by a disgruntled Alabama fan show the herbicide traveled much deeper than originally thought, WTVM in Columbus reports.
As a result, it's looking less likely that Auburn University's historic oaks can be saved.
By the end of April, their new leaves should be big enough to see if they too are infected with the herbicide, Spike 80 DF, the station reported.In other words, we should expect to hear about 15 different diagnoses on the trees before the leaves let us know whether or not they're infected. How will the leaves tell us? I'm not sure. Probably some kind of tree psychic or leaf whisperer. Yes, I know they could easily find out in a lab, but this story has gone down enough crazy paths already to convince me it'll be a leaf whisperer.