We have several large oak trees here at Our Little Acre. I love them and I hate them. They're 200+ years old and majestic. They provide most of the shade in our yard in the summer and are home to bird nests of all sorts. Squirrel nests, too.
Then there are the leaves. Oaks don't lose their leaves all at once. They shed them over a period of months, as in most of the year. Only in late winter are they truly devoid of leaves.
You have to take the bad with the good, and in the end, love wins out over hate.
Did you know?
- Oaks can produce acorns at age 20, but many won't produce until they're 50 years old.
- A mature oak tree will give off 167 tons of water in a year through their leaves. (from USGS data)
- Acorns are edible, some more so than others. Tannins in the acorns produce a bitter taste, but some have less tannins than others (white oak) and tannins can be pretty much removed by chopping the nuts and soaking in water until the water no longer turns brown. Red oaks have high levels of tannins.
- Only one in 10,000 acorns will go on to become a tree.
- In 1936, at the Berlin Olympics, medal winners were given an oak sapling (Quercus pedunculata). As few as four of these trees may exist today.
|This oak tree stands in Connellsville, PA, an|
Olympic gift to runner John Woodruff for winning a
medal during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.