Auburn Tigers fan Katy Reynolds takes a photo of the poisoned oak trees near Auburn University at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, Ala., earlier this week. The landmark trees have yellow and brown leaves and bare spots, but several experts say it is still too early to determine whether they will survive an attack that police allege was carried out by a University of Alabama fan who is currently awaiting trial.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn University is laying out a plan for replacing the landmark oak trees that were poisoned at Toomer's Corner.
A new report issued by the school says the trees' long-term outlook isn't good. It says bare branches will continue to die, leaving the trees "aesthetically dead if not actually dead."
The study says a preservation committee will make a report to the university's president soon on whether to continue trying to save the trees or to replace them. It says the replacement process wouldn't begin for six months at the earliest, and it could be as far as 18 months away.
The trees will likely be replaced with overcup oaks, a type of slow-growing white oak.
A University of Alabama fan who has been accused of the poisoning is awaiting trial.