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June 13, 2008

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Daphne Gould

Its an oak tree.

Julia

Actually, that was one of my first impressions after I realized it probably wasn't poison ivy. But we have no oak trees for a good 100 feet and there must be 50 of them within a 50 foot radius. I thought oaks were hard to germinate too. OTOH, we have had squirrels around for the first time since we moved here 15 years ago and I know they often bury acorns.

How sure are you that it's an oak?

MaryC

I had thousands of those suckers in my yard this spring, and I agree that you have acorns sprouting in you yard. Blame the squirrels.

Corbie

I agree, it's an oak seedling. Blame the squirrels :)

Poison ivy looks different; it has those distinctive "three-leaf" clusters quite early. Just pulled up a few of those in my yard.

bev

Agree with oak seedling. For some reason I think every acorn that hit the ground last year germinated; with my 20 or so oaks, I have thousands! Maybe it was last year's drought making the trees think they were dying.

bev

Agree with oak seedling. For some reason I think every acorn that hit the ground last year germinated; with my 20 or so oaks, I have thousands! Maybe it was last year's drought making the trees think they were dying.

Kim

Add another vote for oak tree - I must have pulled 100 this spring, all looking just like that and all having acorns attached.

Wicked Gardener

Yep - you've got an oak.

Julia

Well, it seems there's a consensus :) They're oak seedlings. Dozens and dozens of them! Having all of these for the first time this spring definitely correlates with having our first squirrels. Squirrels clearly have an important function as oak-tree-planters.

Carla

An increase in acorns and other nuts in some years is the phenominom known as masting.

I noticed it was quite heavy in Maryland in 2006. I'm not sure about 2007.

I wrote about it here:
http://everything2.com/index.pl?node=masting&lastnode_id=124

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