On Easter this year our daughter noticed something strange on a tree in our yard. The tree is a Laurel Oak (I think). Our neighbor gave us the seedling a year ago and told us it was from a Laurel Oak in her yard. And so we planted it in our front yard. It has grown beautifully, very quickly and lush. (much faster than our Live Oaks). It is about 9 feet tall now. Picture here of full tree. Try not to pay attention to all the trees behind it across the street. Hope you can distinguish my tree. So this is what we found on the tree that is so weird. It almost looks like a citrus, eh? More behind the cut
Here a couple have turned brown
I thought maybe they were acorns, right?
I couldn't stand not knowing more, so I picked a couple and cut them open, and this is what was inside.
Very shortly after I picked them they lost their solid plumpness and started shriveling a bit, like they were dehydrating, and they dried up even quicker when I cut them open. They are about the size of a small walnut.
They almost do look like dried up citrus, certainly not an acorn. Or is this how an acorn starts out?
Can anyone help?