Honey, I think an oak tree stole your cotton balls!

galltwoPulled a shoulder muscle lifting Monday so that, added to my still sore right Achilles tendon, meant no Y for me.

After the rainy morning I was prepared for doom and gloom in the Frances Slocum Carverton Road area, but the rain held off all day and it was actually nice.

Saw a bunch of things and  when I first saw this I thought, “who would put cotton balls on an oak tree,” but these are just some of the fantastic shapes of fuzzy oak galls.
Oaks seem to pride themselves in the weird variety of shpes and sizes and colors and substances of their galls. They’re generally harmless though. Will be dissecting these tonight and seeing what Isee.

People have been commonly finding about one inch long fuzzy or woolly looking growths on the leaves of oak trees, especially species in the white oak group. These galls are either reddish or whitish or sometimes both. Despite their appearance, these growths are not disease, but is abnormal plant tissue due to the feeding of the larvae of tiny non-stinging insects called cynipid (sin-IP-id) wasps. These galls are common and like other leaf galls, have very little, if any, impact on tree health, especially if they are vigorous, mature oaks. These galls generally do not become very abundant and their numbers vary from year to year on individual trees. By the time you see leaf galls, it is already too late treat them, just ignore them.

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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