312. Dwarf Chestnut Oak: Dig Deeper

Learn about acorns. 

Editor of Arboretum magazine Arnoldia Jonathan Damery wrote about acorns in a 2018 article for the Arboretum’s newsletter. He described the mechanics of acorn dispersal, writing that, “unlike a cherry or an apple, the acorn plays this game of attraction with the seed itself—the carbohydrate- and lipid-rich embryo—rather than a bright and sugary wrapper. Someone could eat a cherry and still propagate a seedling from the pit, whereas all hopes for an acorn end at the mouth. Nut dispersal is like handing a known criminal cash for depositing in an out-of-town bank.” 

Read the full article here.