Monday, April 13, 2009

The Fruited Oak Tree







I have a mystery, if there is some one out there that knows. (Help) This Oak Tree is 75 or older and this little round green ball is falling from it , it looks like fruit. I have never seen this before. Do old oaks have fruit?

9 comments:

Darla said...

You have stumped me!

Winifred said...

Is someone playing tricks on you? Oh April Fool's Day has gone.

I though they just had acorns in Autumn.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Now that is a head scratcher :-) Something smells fishy to me.Never saw anything like that around my oak trees

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Those appear to be Oak Apples, or Oak Galls,
a large round gall produced on oak leaves and twigs by a gall wasp (especially Amphibolips confluenta).
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/423433/oak-apple
Hope this helps... :)

A Brit in Tennessee said...

http://www.jmu.edu/biology/k12/galls/oakapp.htm
Here is a picture and description of the Oak Apple..

bennie and patsy said...

Jo you are so right, thank you I looked but didn't find this site. I guess that means we have a black oak with galls.I like calling them oak apples.

tina said...

Hi Bennie and Patsy, Yes those oak galls are a real pain. I have some also caused by a wasp in one of my oaks. I find it so funny how only certain 'special' trees are affected. I wish none but am glad not all are affected! I hope the galls do not hurt your tree. I don't think they will. You take care.

Gramma Ann said...

I popped over here from Winifred's to find out what the heck the little green balls were about. I just learned something knew. Thanks for sharing.

Will be back for a look see another day.

Gramma Ann said...

Winifred's blog is "The World's Greatest Procrastinator (Ditherer)" or "I'm Trying, Honestly." She is the gal from England. Actually, she is the second commenter above.