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 Post subject: Red oak fruit?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 9:20 am 
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We have a red oak tree that has acorns in the fall. Right now I have noticed hollow green balls on the tree. They are about the size of a golf ball and are blowing off the tree because of the high winds we have had recently. When you crack them open, there's a puff ball inside. I've never noticed these on this tree before, is this normal?
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Those are galls not fruits.They are quite normal. Right now a lot shumards have green "balls." They are harmless,so don't be concern. In fact I have only seen the green "balls" only on Shumard red oaks. Has anyone have ever seen them on any other trees?



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Haven't noticed any at all up here in Allen area. Mine's just all leafy- no galls at all this year or last.

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Go to the home page of this website, week of 4/15/06. There is an article and picture of them.
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 Post subject: Re: Red oak fruit?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:46 am 
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I live in Bedford, Tx and have two Schumard Red Oaks in Backyard, at first 4-5 years, no acorns, now slew of acorns, my next door neighbor one, no acorns, comment was, you have a male and female, therefore acorns. I have had hollow balls in two in backyard. Mine are around 8 years old, this year I am getting little round redish with small white specs on outside, balls, cut in half and is a red and white circle core. One site said these are caused by insects. Feedback please.


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 Post subject: Re: Red oak fruit?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:20 am 
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Oaks are "monoecious" meaning "one house" - the same plant has both male and female flowers. An example of a "dioecious" (two house) plant is the holly - people buy male trees if they don't want berries, female if they do. Ginkgo is also dioecious.

Trees won't generally produce acorns until they are older, so the lack of them on your trees simply means your neighbor's trees aren't old enough yet to be producing them. It can vary from tree to tree and from one species to another.

The galls are produced by insects. They are interesting to open, some are as light as ping pong balls, others are more dense.

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 Post subject: Re: Red oak fruit?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 9:40 pm 
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my neighbor's Schumard is much taller and older than mine, never has acorns! Should I do anything with these little round balls on the ground or in the tree? Also a friend miles from me, but local, said they have Pin Oak, also has these round reddish and white balls, first time ever.


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 Post subject: Re: Red oak fruit?
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If you want to bother picking them up then put them in the compost.

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 Post subject: Re: Red oak fruit?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:34 pm 
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Northwesterner I appreciate your input on Schumard Red Oak, what do you think of hormone spray to slow down production of acorns, and honestly neighbors tree much older and taller than my two trees.


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 Post subject: Re: Red oak fruit?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 4:39 pm 
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I don't know anything about such a spray, but it sounds like a waste of money and untold unexpected consequences. You might give Howard a call on Sunday to ask about that. If it is a worthwhile product, he'll probably have heard of it.

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