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Venerable TreesHistory, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass$
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Tom Kimmerer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165660.001.0001

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The Mother Tree

The Mother Tree

Reproduction of Venerable Trees

(p.99) 7 The Mother Tree
Venerable Trees

Tom Kimmerer

University Press of Kentucky

Sex in trees is complicated. Unable to move, trees rely on wind and animals to reproduce successfully. This chapter focuses on reproduction in kingnut trees and wind pollination. Once trees have made seeds, they need means to move those seeds around the landscape. Trees like blue ash, with its small winged seeds, rely on wind, but trees like kingnut and bur oak, with exceptionally large seeds, rely on a combination of gravity and animals to move their seeds around the landscape. Kingnut and bur oak have the largest seeds of their genera, and this is likely to be an adaptation to establishment in drought conditions, especially in karst topography. With cattle and horses grazing our woodland pastures continually, there is almost no opportunity for our woodland pasture species to regenerate successfully.

Keywords:   tree reproduction, pollination, fruit development, fruit dispersal, kingnut, bur oak, blue ash

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