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Thu, 12th May 2011 | EcoWorrier | 4,937 Views, 1 Nod.

BERRIES ON AN OAK TREE?

I kid you not! I have a mature oak tree overhanging part of my garden and today I found the sprig pictured lying on my patio. The leaves are definitely oak, but at first sight those purple berries look like a bunch of over-ripe red currants. They're not oak catkins, apples or galls. So what are they? Baby acorns? Surely not. I've never seen anything like them growing on an oak tree - and I climbed a few in my boyhood during the last century. Has anyone else seen anything like them? By the way, the oak tree in question is festooned with them.

                


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Sun, 26th May 2013
I found red berries from the catkins on my 23 year old oak tree today never noticed them before not unlike the picture. Amazed and puzzled, is this common
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Fri, 13th May 2011
"Currant gall" wine for that extra buzz - sounds yummy.
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Fri, 13th May 2011
Could it be 'elderberry' ? Not that I'm part of the institute of horticulture !!
Just that I remember these from 'wine making days' !! Used to pick quite a few of what looked like these from the parks, although the wine tasted vile !!! Thought you might like to know that !
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Fri, 13th May 2011
Ahh thought they were Galls, although galls do not have the stems that seem to be attached on these. Im still going with Hawthorn.
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Fri, 13th May 2011
I noticed that the internet was festooned with info on 'oak leaf berries' and in fact found this page at one stage. Didn't say anything though cos you said it wasn't galls.
Great word - festooned.
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Fri, 13th May 2011
Thanks for your input folks ... a new FB contact in California has found the answer. Fascinating stuff! Go to the link below for a detailed explanation: www.uksafari.com/galls3.htm>>
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Fri, 13th May 2011
It doesn't look like an oak leaf to me but I must confess I don't know much about this.
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Thu, 12th May 2011
I don't know anything about this (unlike Signwriter who I happen to know DOES know a lot about such things) but I just wanted to say I like the word 'festooned' and will endeavour to use it as often as I can from here on out.
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Thu, 12th May 2011
Can I eat it?
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Thu, 12th May 2011
That looks like a Hawthorn Sprig, are you positive its Oak?
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