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A tree dies in Auburn

No one knows if the poisoned oaks at Toomer's Corner will survive

Updated: April 12, 2013, 12:19 PM ET
By Wright Thompson | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Aug. 22, 2011 issue. Subscribe today!

THE TWO TREES AT TOOMER'S CORNER are little miracles. They grow farther north than most live oaks, and for this species of tree the slightest change in weather can be fatal. It turns out, in a strange bit of symbiosis, the trees don't exist in spite of the town and campus around them. They exist, at least in part, because of them, as the brick and concrete hold several extra degrees of heat, ...

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