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Mar 24, 2018 10:58 AM CST
Dallas, TX
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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Mar 24, 2018 12:47 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Those look like insect caused galls - usually harmless.
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Mar 25, 2018 2:55 PM CST
Name: John
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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.
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Mar 25, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Dallas, TX
Thanks a lot, this is very helpful.
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Mar 30, 2018 3:39 PM CST
Name: Kat
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Oak tree galls. For a wasp. The tree creates the galls to 'protect' the wasp. Live oaks, red oaks, etc
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