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By phil.p
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I can't get close enough to get a leaf, but as far as I can see it's an oak. I've never seen "acorns" anything like this, though. Any ideas?
By phil.p
#1306070
That seems very likely - if so, it's one hell of an infestation - there are thousands of these and no normal acorns. There are thousands of Quercus Cerris n Cornwall, it's thought they were commonly planted to harvest as pit props as they are quicker growing than Petraea or Robur.
By John Brown
#1306085
I have also noticed these, both in Surrey, and here in Gloucester, where we've just moved to.
Never really noticed them before this year.
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By marcros
#1306089
I took a similar picture in Leeds to ask the same question. seen the odd one before, but not as many as I have this year.
By Yojevol
#1306109
There here in abundance in North Glos; acorns as well so not all blossom was infected.
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By lurker
#1306151
I have an oak tree at the bottom of my garden. Normally has lots of proper acorns, this year they are just as in your picture.
By shed9
#1306155
You will usually find small orangey-brown lumps on the underside of the leaves if you can get to them.
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By Bm101
#1306160
I seem to have seen loads more than usual this year. Maybe I have been looking out for them more since Custards thread last August?
I remember someone showing me pignuts years ago and being a bit startled as they started appearing all around me once I knew what to look for.

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Need to take a bag or two and get the kids filling them up on the way back from the school run. They are all over the place at the moment.