Burr or Bur( if you prefer) Oaks surround our home in the woods. They are the last to get their leaves in the spring. They are in bud forever. Their real name is Quercus macrocarpa. They are in the white oak family.
They provide heavy shade all summer. Shade that is ten degrees cooler than the temperatures in town.
Have you ever wondered about the sex life of a Burr Oak? Well just incase you have, I can tell ya all about it. The Oaks are monoecious, which means they bear both male and female “flowers” on the same tree.
It is that time of year for the dangly earrings..or catkins. This is the male part of the tree or the staminate flowering part. He is long and bumpy and has many dangles..covered in greenish yellow pollen.
This is the female part, tiny little pistillate flowers.. little specks..If the pollen from the male parts fall or gets blown onto the little tiny brown specks of female parts..we will have fertilization and acorns! The brown specks are located at 12 o’clock and 5 o’clock in the photo. The acorns remain on the upper portion of the leaves to grow, the male catkins dry up and fall off.
There ya are! Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the formation of the little nuts called acorns. Some years there are lots of acorns, some years not so many. I believe that the trees do that naturally, the years of plenty are their way of making sure that all the acorns will not be eaten by deer or squirrels..or whatever else eats them. I have eaten them, they are bitter.
The bear has not been back, he was more than likely just passing through. Thank goodness:)