One of Those Years

 A strong south wind blew, and leaves rained down from all of the hackberry trees in our  yard like they do in the fall … only it was the end of May!

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Several hackberry trees grow around our 2-acre yard. The one above is the largest; its crown measures  51 feet across.

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I looked up hackberry trees online and found out that they can have an over-abundance of galls that affect the leaves. Luckily, they don’t affect the health the tree. This is a first for me. I haven’t seen this happen in the almost 40 years we’ve lived here.

Apparently, this is one of those years.

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The picture above was taken the day before a strong wind blew all day. It really looked like fall!

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To say the galls were numerous would be an under statement.

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Not to mention all the various kinds.

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This is the underneath side of the one in the picture above.

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The insects that cause the galls are tiny.

IMG_0642 crop red I’m not sure, but I think these galls are different from the ones below.

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These are on a more woody part of the branch than the ones above.

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Only an occasional leaf falls in the wind that’s blowing now.


6 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve never seen this before; how horrible that it has happened to your trees. It must be a relief to know that it won’t cause permanent damage.


  2. That’s quite an assortment of galls for one tree! Galls won’t hurt the tree, but if it loses every leaf it will suffer.


  3. Posted by Therese on June 7, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Very interesting.


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