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Professors: Growth rings indicate Auburn Oaks were 83-85 years old

Growth rings indicate Auburn Oaks were 83-85 years oldAUBURN UNIVERSITY –¬†Growth rings from the base of Auburn University’s College Street live oak at Toomer’s Corner have revealed the tree’s age of 83-85 years old at the time they were removed April 23.

This week, two Auburn professors independently counted 81 growth rings in two directions from the center of the tree’s trunk.

“The center one-inch section of the trunk was split and not clearly delineated,” said Professor of Horticulture Gary Keever. “This growth most likely occurred over two to four years, making the trees 83-85 years old.”

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