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Identify oak by acorn?

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From: Chris Wargo
Lake Zurich, IL
Can you suggest some method to identify what sort of oak acorn I have collected? Unfortunately, I do not know what tree they cam from. I would like to germinate them but understand that the type of oak is important for the process.


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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Sure, here are three easy ways:

1) Do a simple "Google" search for native oak acorns.

2) Bring an acorn to your local U of I Extension office for identification purposes.

3) Send me several high-resolution images of the acorn (with cap) for identification purposes. Please note that I can only identify your "oak tree" if you provide me with enough high-quality information for identification purposes!

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