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Close by is a small burr oak I've been nursing and training to grow straight. It was covered by a lot of other stuff until I liberated it. These wasp galls are on several branch junctions. You can see the exit holes on the galls. I understand this is a cosmetic problem and not harmful to the oak. I hope that's true.
I am happy to say the oak seems to have suffered no obvious negative effects this year. Our summer was extremely hot and dry. It could have used more water. It grows on the east edge of a wooded patch and was reasonably shaded in the hottest parts of the afternoon. Join me below for a few additional pictures.
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