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Aug 03, If you’ve got oak trees in your yard, you probably are familiar with the task of raking up tons of acorns in the fall.

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But recently we’ve been hearing from many of our readers and followers on social media, in areas such as Illinois, Tennessee, and Rhode Island, that their oaks are dropping acorns- small green ones- like crazy, in the middle of summer!Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins.

Nov 17, The acorn remains as a small immature acorn for most of the summer months. If extreme dry hot conditions persist over the summer these embryonic acorns may abort causing the loss of that years crop. About late summer/ mid August the acorn begins to rapidly enlarge to reach its maximum size in just a few short weeks. There is great variability in size and shape of white oak acorns between individual trees. A few might have been fertilized and those ones will make full sized acorns.

Sometimes a tree sets too may acorns too, and aborts a portion of them to lighten the load. Not to worry -- small acorns are often aborted. My 55' black cherry forms oodles of cherries, only to have almost all fall off halfway thru the season.

When oak trees experience drought or other stressful events during the summer, they sometimes drop their acorns prematurely.

So it seems this shedding is happening in many areas in the eastern U.

The trees get rid of the acorns early as a defence mechanism. Instead of using up energy to produce mature acorns, the trees put their resources into surviving. Jan 04, To identify an oak tree by the acorn, look at the size, shape, and color of the acorn, as well as the pattern of the scales on the acorn’s cup. Since there are over species of oaks around the world, it can help if you can locate a local field guide and compare the pictures of the acorn to species native to your area%.