Why no Acorns in UK this year?

Mike S. in FL vaxmgr at downto.earthlink.net
Fri Oct 16 13:34:41 EST 1998

Hi Judy:  I've been laboring for a while now, with a casual wonder about
that phrase you used: "a mast fruiting tree".  It's cropped up several
times and now I just have to ask, what does it mean?  Does it have
anything to do with the method/circumstances surrounding the way the
fruit stands off from the branch?  I have all my dictionaries packed in
boxes after a move and the curiosity is beginning to get to me.

Thanks for a reply (simple English (US version) please ;-)

Mike Smith in FL
Remove the 'downto.' for email responses.

Judy Kelly wrote:
> It is my understanding that oaks are a mast fruiting tree.  some years
> they will fruit heavily and other years experience very little
> fruiting.  (Acorns are technically a single-seeded fruit).  This year in
> michigan we have had one of the heaviest acorn crops I have seen in a
> long time.
> Judy Kelly, Henry Ford college
> Bill Edwards wrote:
> > Last year we had a bumper crop of acorns for or native tree nursery.
> > This year we have searched high and low, around here in north
> > Manchester, and found less than 100 acorns.
> >
> > As anyone got an explanation for this?
> > --
> > Bill Edwards
> > http://www.dobx.demon.co.uk/

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