Auburn asks fans not to roll Toomer's Corner oak trees with toilet paper again this year

Bennett Durando
Montgomery Advertiser

AUBURN — Sometimes rolling with the punches means not rolling at all.

Auburn University asked fans not to partake in the famous tradition of toilet paper rolling the two live oak trees at Toomer's Corner after big wins.

The current trees were planted in 2017. The originals, planted between 1937 and 1939, were removed in 2013 after being poisoned by an Alabama fan in 2010. When one of the newly planted replacements was set on fire during a 2016 rolling, both were removed and the current ones were planted.

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In a release from the university, arborist Alex Hedgepath said that the oaks are still young enough that their full development could be inhibited by the toilet paper tradition.

“The trees have made excellent progress in the growing season of 2021,” Hedgepath said in the release. “Since then, the trees have pushed new growth with no additional signs of stress. We will be initiating soil enhancement projects to encourage even more root growth in the coming months.”

Ten smaller, descendent oaks were also planted ranging from the corner to Auburn's Samford Hall in 2016. The university asked fans not to roll those trees either this season, instead encouraging them to use the two southern magnolias and the white oak in front of Biggin Hall near Toomer's Corner.

"While we all would like to get back to the traditional rolling of the two Auburn live oaks located on the corner, our position and decisions reflect what is best for the trees,” Auburn director of landscape services Justin Sutton said. “The long-term establishment, overall health and projected long life of these new trees is our goal.”