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Saturday - May 03, 2014

From: Hunt, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Pests, Trees
Title: Small green balls falling from oaks in Hunt TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Our live oak trees have pin-sized black and green balls falling from them (there are so may that is sounds like rain!) The balls are not associated with or fall with the catkins. Thanks for your assistance!

ANSWER:

How big of a pin? Rolling pin? Hairpin? Fraternity pin? We have two previous answers that may be the answer to your question.  Both are from Central Texas so they should be applicable in Kerr County:

Wimberley, TX

Austin, TX

 

 

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