Descendant of Toomer’s oaks planted at U.S. Capitol

Toomers Oak @ Capitol
A descendant of the Toomer’s Corner oaks was planted on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last Friday thanks to the efforts of a Florida congressman who is a 1981 Auburn alum.

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross started the process of getting permission to plant the tree well before the original oaks were poisoned, but the attack gave the idea even more merit, he said.

The architect of the U.S. Capitol, plus House and Senate leaders, had to approve the tree’s addition to the Capitol grounds.

Although the oaks have become famous for their sports-related celebrations, he said it’s Auburn’s contributions as a land-grant college he wants to honor.

Media coverage of the tree planting included stories in the O-A News and the Birmingham News.