Here's what the sawtooth oak acorns look like once they've opened up a bit. They really are unusual.
The leaves on this tree are also very different from the typical oak leaf. The tree derives its name from the look of its leaves; the edges of the leaves look like the edges (or teeth) of a saw blade. Mommy likes the acorns, but secretly thinks the leaves are pretty ugly. She's a traditionalist and likes the traditional oak leaf best. This tree also keeps its leaves until the spring. They turn brown and make a rustling noise all during the winter when the wind blows. Once the tree starts sprouting new leaves, the old ones fall off. Weird, huh? Kind of like its acorns . . .
No matter what you think of the tree and its acorns, we just call it the Victory Tree now!
Here's to Mommy and the Victory Tree,
Hunter, Dixie & Jenna