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Name:    Diana
Status:     other
Age:     30s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Around 1999  


Question:
I have several red oak trees in my yard. We have only lived in this house a few months. We have been told a couple of things about the acorns of these trees and I would like some clarification. We have been told the acorns fall once every 5 years, once every 3 years, and every year. Please tell me how often these acorns fall. I appreciate your help.


Replies:
This phenomenon is called "masting".

http://www.ecostudies.org/research/reports/ostrept1.htm

sorry, we can't predict when your acorns will fall next. Anthony Brach


Acorn production is function of weather, general health of the tree, genetics, and other environmental factors. A healthy tree will produce acorns every year, but on average an abundant crop will occur every 2 or 3 years, perhaps longer, depending on the tree and local conditions. There is no rule.

J. Elliott


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