Trees and Shrubs forum: Young Life Oak - what is on its branches?

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Dallas, TX
Waveguide
Mar 24, 2018 10:58 AM CST
We planted a young life oak 3 years ago.
We see strange spherical formations on its branches.
Pictures are attached - could please someone tell us what are those round things on the branches, are those dangerous for the tree, and should we be worried?
We are in Dallas, TX.
Any insight will be appreciated! We love this little tree...
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 24, 2018 12:47 PM CST
Those look like insect caused galls - usually harmless.
Porkpal
Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Mar 25, 2018 2:55 PM CST
Individually, those galls are harmless - especially on a healthy mature tree.
Allowing the perpetuation of the insects' activity on a young plant could be a different story.

I'd prune out the twigs with the galls, and destroy the twigs (put them in trash) so that you don't have as much repeat performance in the future until your tree is well established.
John
Dallas, TX
Waveguide
Mar 25, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Thanks a lot, this is very helpful.
Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 8b)
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kittriana
Mar 30, 2018 3:39 PM CST
Oak tree galls. For a wasp. The tree creates the galls to 'protect' the wasp. Live oaks, red oaks, etc
kitt

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