Backyard wildlife buffet

26 Aug
Acorn 1

Acorn 1

Surprise!  Surprise!  Our pair of Swamp White Oak trees have their first crop of acorns this year.  Wild Birds Unlimited offered these trees for sale over 10 years ago to encourage development of back yard habitats that produce food for wildlife.  We already had wild cherry, cedar and holly which produce berries.  Chokeberry bushes did not thrive in our yard.

Holly berries

Holly berries

Favorite of finches

Favorite of finches

Cedar berries

Cedar berries

The Swamp White Oak was a great choice because it tolerates wet springs and dry summers.  We just did not think we would wait this long to bear acorns.  Oh, happy days!

Acorn 2

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Acorn 3

http://shade-trees.tripod.com/families/selections/swamp_white_oak.html

2 Responses to “Backyard wildlife buffet”

  1. Pimla15 August 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    That’s almost as exciting as cotton bolls opening. Only I don’t have to wait 10 years! Thank goodness! Are you going to harvest the acorns or let the squirrels do it for you?

    • elfcroft August 28, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      The squirrels get the harvest! They have had dinner at the neighbors while waiting on ours to produce.

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