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Aug 23, 2015 12:48 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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This is something I have observed every summer but don't know what it is. They max out at 1.5" in diameter and the picture shows two that just fell after a thunderstorm, and others that have been on the ground for several days. They turn brown and shrink when they are left on the ground. What are these "things"?
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Aug 23, 2015 12:49 PM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Looking forward to seeing an answer to your question. We get those here as well.
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Sep 8, 2015 4:53 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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Not sure, but could it be oak gall? Here is just one of the many articles about the oak gall wasp.

http://www.missouribotanicalga...
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Sep 8, 2015 6:18 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Yep, you nailed it, Vickie. It is the oak gall.
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Sep 8, 2015 11:46 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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My daughter and her husband had to cut down an oak tree this year because it was infested so badly.
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Sep 8, 2015 12:27 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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It must have been really bad and/or the tree was in decline. Everything I have read on the galls said that nothing needed to be done and that it was very unusual for the galls to do any significant damage.
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Sep 8, 2015 9:08 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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Yes, it was really, really bad. It was in their back yard by the fence in their subdivision. We had a very bad drought in 2012 and I heard that the stress caused by drought can cause trees to die years later. Maybe the stress of the drought and the oak gall together was its demise.
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Sep 9, 2015 5:02 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Perhaps it was the combination, Vickie. All my trees are very healthy. One does not even see these (marble-looking) galls up in the trees. I only find them on the ground. You can see the rock-hard galls attached to some of the small lower limbs. If I can easily reach those on a ladder, I will snip off that branch just below the gall and throw the branch/gall in the trash. I have bee assured by a PhD tree expert that even the hard galls cause no damage, but I remove them for esthetic purposes.
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Oct 13, 2015 9:27 PM CST
Name: Elfrieda
Indian Harbour Beach, Florida (Zone 10a)
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You can usually ignore the galls. I don't like the look of them; but I've read that they're harmless, as Ken said.
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Oct 14, 2015 5:36 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Thumbs up
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Feb 24, 2016 12:45 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ken,
Well those are neat when they first fall, but are pretty ugly on the tree.

Vicki,
Thanks for the link. I didn't see it written, if the wasps were beneficial?
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Feb 25, 2016 6:08 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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Sally, I am not sure if they have any benefits at all.
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Feb 25, 2016 7:27 AM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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They might help pollinate plants but don't know that for sure. I just know the wasps are not harmful to humans.

Speaking of which. Do you know why fiddle leaf ficus (fig) plants are only found in only a handful of places in the world? They are pollinated by a single, specific wasp only found in those areas. So wasps can be beneficial. Hurray!
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More

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Feb 25, 2016 1:25 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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Interesting Ken,
With the decline in honeybees we might be depending on other pollinators someday.
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Feb 25, 2016 1:29 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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That is probably already happening in many areas, Sally.
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Feb 25, 2016 1:35 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ken,
I know. I was amazed to have any apples last year. We did not see any bees on the tree in the spring. I don't know when it was pollinated, but we had a lot of apples!
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Feb 25, 2016 2:34 PM CST
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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Region: Mississippi Master Gardener: Mississippi Hummingbirder Cat Lover Composter Seller of Garden Stuff
Perhaps nocturnal moths, Sally. But I guess there are hundreds of insects with the capability to pollinate.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More

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Feb 25, 2016 4:58 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa (Zone 5a)
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Yes, as long as plants aren't too specialized so only a few can reach, get hit on the back with pollen or whatever the plant needs.
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Apr 12, 2016 8:20 PM CST
Name: JoJo
Texas (Zone 8b)
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There are branch galls that can harm or kill a tree if heavily infested but that is not what you have Ken, Thumbs up
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