When Trees Go Nuts

  • Published on May 10, 2018
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    Every once in a while, all the oaks or spruces or other plants in a region suddenly produce a tremendous bounty of seeds - up to 100 times more than usual. But why do they do it, and how do they all manage to sync up?
    To learn more about mast seeding, start your googling with these keywords:
    Mast Year: A year in which all the plants of a particular species in a region ramp up their seed production.
    Predator Satiation Hypothesis: The hypothesis that mast seeding is a strategy plants use for controlling the population of squirrels and other seed-eating animals.

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    Fletcher, Quinn E., Stan Boutin, Jeffrey E. Lane, Jalene M. LaMontagne, Andrew G. McAdam, Charles J. Krebs, and Murray M. Humphries. 2010. “The Functional Response of a Hoarding Seed Predator to Mast Seeding.” Ecology 91 (9): 2673-83.
    Kelly, Dave, and Victoria L. Sork. 2002. “Mast Seeding in Perennial Plants: Why, How, Where?” Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 33 (1). Annual Reviews: 427-47.
    Kelly, D. 1994. “The Evolutionary Ecology of Mast Seeding.” Trends in Ecology & Evolution 9 (12): 465-70.
    LaMontagne, J. 2018. Personal Communication.
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  • MinuteEarth
    MinuteEarth  5 months ago +144

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  • TimGaming88
    TimGaming88 Day ago

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  • Some nerd 157
    Some nerd 157 6 days ago

    *tree sex extravaganza*

  • TheHadesShade
    TheHadesShade 9 days ago

    Watch Scishow's video "The Earth's Internet: How Fungi Help Plants Communicate" to learn that maybe trees can actually talk to each other miles away.

  • nature rupee
    nature rupee 11 days ago


  • NeonBOI447 BW
    NeonBOI447 BW 11 days ago +1

    My little sister is born on December 2, 2010 but I’m born on March 10, 2008

  • Da Thao
    Da Thao 12 days ago

    Admiring what you guys bring to the channels. This is my favourite channel. Very good for kids and parents to learn science attractively

  • Bob Spivics
    Bob Spivics 19 days ago

    0:36 is that the Kanto region

  • America
    America 19 days ago

    that joke was kind of


  • can o cola
    can o cola 19 days ago


  • joseph jackson
    joseph jackson 20 days ago +1

    So the trees literally went nuts?

  • Explainable Space
    Explainable Space 22 days ago

    When trees go nuts, squirrels go nuts, when squirrels go nuts, dogs go nuts, when dogs go nuts, cats go nuts, and when that happens, it's funny to watch.

  • Burn Angel
    Burn Angel 22 days ago

    If you're willing to teach me about trees so eagerly, I guess we could be _Happy Tree Friends_

  • Crunchitty Munch
    Crunchitty Munch 24 days ago

    i thought this said "when trees go nut"

  • Charizard Garfild
    Charizard Garfild 24 days ago

    I read the title as "when trees nut" ...

  • Charizard Garfild
    Charizard Garfild 24 days ago

    I read the title as "when trees nut" ...

  • fakhrul islam
    fakhrul islam 26 days ago

    please no.

  • Brengaming 1501
    Brengaming 1501 27 days ago

    Spieces and faeces, what 2 thinks that are so diffrent 💩💩

  • Jessica Schenden
    Jessica Schenden 28 days ago

    Had to come watch this again because I'm pretty sure this is a masting year for the oak tree next to my house. We're being bombarded more than usual.

  • Lorie
    Lorie Month ago

    Trees can have sex?!

  • Night & Days jumper

    2010 was when I was born

  • Gareth [WR]
    Gareth [WR] Month ago

    Nature finds a way.

  • Rudragon Plays
    Rudragon Plays Month ago


  • Ender Sky
    Ender Sky Month ago

    she said : if you like learning about tree sex or other wierd things XD

  • Mia Perkins
    Mia Perkins Month ago

    do you promote being vegan?

  • Pixel Blast
    Pixel Blast Month ago

    Wow.. that really explains a lot.

  • Lofoten :D
    Lofoten :D Month ago +1

    (Pun intended)

  • Syngamerpro YT
    Syngamerpro YT Month ago

    I had low volume and when you said “This video was made by you” I thought you said glue

  • cuong lam
    cuong lam Month ago

    That was when i was born

  • Imma Kat
    Imma Kat Month ago

    Ur drawing tree sex m8

  • Jessica Lannon
    Jessica Lannon Month ago

    *ThIs ViDeO wAs MaDe bY yOu*

  • Divya Ashish
    Divya Ashish Month ago

    they bust a nut

  • Henry Hook
    Henry Hook Month ago

    What happened when the end of the world 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

  • Zero-One
    Zero-One Month ago

    Maybe not grown on trees but its made from trees.

  • Elvis Hye
    Elvis Hye Month ago

    2:18 wow i'm hilarious

  • John Doe
    John Doe Month ago

    T R E E S E X

  • Sci-Wise
    Sci-Wise Month ago

    Trees are more sophisticated than one may think. They may develop a sophisticated network of root systems to 'share' nutrients, and the way they coordinate pesticide production, balance, respond to weather, etc. is amazing

  • Open Singularity
    Open Singularity Month ago

    wow, acornt believe my eyes

  • Gertrudmia Avilo
    Gertrudmia Avilo Month ago

    you know what i was born in 2010 cool huh

  • Houng AsianBoi69
    Houng AsianBoi69 Month ago


  • Houng AsianBoi69
    Houng AsianBoi69 Month ago +1

    Oh cool

  • littlezed pugayan
    littlezed pugayan Month ago


  • Nashor
    Nashor Month ago

    Sooo... a forrest fuck fest?

  • the crazy SID
    the crazy SID Month ago

    dem trees smarter than me

  • Kierven Dave Sabayton

    WhyTrees Go Nutz

  • Natalie m
    Natalie m 2 months ago

    Tree sex lol X3.

  • Jack is not in the box
    Jack is not in the box 2 months ago


  • Dorothy Isidro
    Dorothy Isidro 2 months ago

    I was born on April 2010!

    • Guy The GalaXII
      Guy The GalaXII 2 months ago

      Dorothy Isidro Wow, I was in 4th grade in 2010. Have fun kid, childhood dosen't last long.

  • ConnorConnor
    ConnorConnor 2 months ago


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    Drus 13 2 months ago

    Subscribe to me coz this vid was sponsored by *ME*

  • Dragoonflight
    Dragoonflight 2 months ago

    Never knew trees were so smart.

  • Nevi Nevi
    Nevi Nevi 2 months ago

    it becomes doodoo

  • Michael Hartman
    Michael Hartman 2 months ago

    Thanks for the interesting video. I wondered if they reduced yield the 1-2 previous seasons. This would reduce the squirrel population while allowing the trees to save energy or allocating energy to roots and canopy to harvest energy better next year. Trees do track time, and synchronize flowering. Apple trees produce ever other year.

  • 《 furiku 》
    《 furiku 》 2 months ago


  • Lala
    Lala 2 months ago

    Now I feel bad for eating plant babies

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    _Was Brought To You By You_

  • Plainjupiter724
    Plainjupiter724 2 months ago

    I love that thumbnail

  • Ian Carlson
    Ian Carlson 2 months ago

    A Dad joke? Wait, a MOM joke?

  • Artsy Stuff
    Artsy Stuff 2 months ago

    I read "When trees grow nuts"
    And i thought it was "that" nuts...

  • Natthaya Choosuk
    Natthaya Choosuk 2 months ago


  • Janaleigh Cargo
    Janaleigh Cargo 2 months ago

    Like the rhyme

  • Carl Pow
    Carl Pow 3 months ago

    In Jamaica, there's no trees nuts

  • Garry Estandian
    Garry Estandian 3 months ago

    let them save the world

  • Arlyn Robles
    Arlyn Robles 3 months ago

    I was born in 2010

  • Don  Timberman
    Don Timberman 3 months ago

    Actually there is evidence that points to that they can communicate with each other.

  • Lithuanian LEGO's
    Lithuanian LEGO's 3 months ago

    Trees should make no nuts the year before masting.

  • Kuutti Saarivirta
    Kuutti Saarivirta 3 months ago

    im actually from finland

  • Kuutti Saarivirta
    Kuutti Saarivirta 3 months ago

    i was born on the year after 2010 that is 2011

  • Klaus Süß
    Klaus Süß 3 months ago

    Sperm is what you swallow while dating that mintephysics dude.
    And the stuff trees spread is called pollen

  • SuperDavidland Official Channel

    This made me nut

  • Butch Forbes
    Butch Forbes 3 months ago

    why do we have so much water

  • john harker
    john harker 3 months ago

    That tree got aborted

  • Holland Bowman
    Holland Bowman 3 months ago

    If mushrooms can communicate with trees then they can communicate with each other to send a trees 🌳 message to a another 🌲

  • Lucille Dagpin-Galicha
    Lucille Dagpin-Galicha 3 months ago


  • ConnorConnor
    ConnorConnor 3 months ago +1

    Quizzer: Is that a pregnant squirrel, or did it just eat lots of nuts?
    Contestant: *ACORNS!!*
    Quizzer: Nuts still work, though.
    Contestant: Oh. Is it... pregnant?
    Quizzer: Nope! It just ate lots of nuts.
    Contestant (thinking): *darn, now I'm out of the game >:-(*

  • Emily Ding
    Emily Ding 4 months ago

    I was born in 2010

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    Korbkul Kimsavet 4 months ago

    Go to minute earth #www.minuteearth.com

  • Korbkul Kimsavet
    Korbkul Kimsavet 4 months ago

    Go to m

  • Agsoe AJ
    Agsoe AJ 4 months ago

    So I'm allergic to tree sperm 😕😕😕😕😕😕😕😕😕😕

  • Davy moore
    Davy moore 4 months ago

    Wait... trees go nuts lol

  • Mocking Cookie
    Mocking Cookie 4 months ago

    It's because they're TREEting each other

  • Brutaltronics
    Brutaltronics 4 months ago

    so it was a massive tree orgy?
    damn, those naughty trees, they need jesus.

  • Gamer had Alvin Velez
    Gamer had Alvin Velez 4 months ago


  • moon productions
    moon productions 4 months ago

    Are they friable? If so I can make em go extinct in the first day.....FRYED ACORNS

  • Trolmaster -
    Trolmaster - 4 months ago

    Can we change the name of masting into nutting ?

  • PaleMacaroon483
    PaleMacaroon483 4 months ago

    That’s nuts

  • Nine Five
    Nine Five 4 months ago

    too much cuteness in one animation

  • xannag
    xannag 4 months ago

    But wait.. first you told us that plants communicate by their roots

  • Catherine Cao
    Catherine Cao 4 months ago


  • ZEN30
    ZEN30 4 months ago

    When you say they cannot talk, it's not to say that they don't communicate. They found large regions of trees in the northwest of United States communicating via a mycelium Network.

  • poonam aneja
    poonam aneja 4 months ago

    Delivering Puns Since ????

  • Animallover608 AJ
    Animallover608 AJ 4 months ago +1


  • Hande Büyüktunca/Kısmet

    I thought it was gonna be a joke video.

  • Razzan Tris
    Razzan Tris 4 months ago


  • Lemonade Lad
    Lemonade Lad 4 months ago

    *_-N U T-_*

  • Neo Khesa
    Neo Khesa 4 months ago

    This should be fairly easy to prove

  • Robot Zombie
    Robot Zombie 4 months ago

    Bitch stop saying tree sex....please😑

  • Robot Zombie
    Robot Zombie 4 months ago

    So trees have a concience?

  • Robot Zombie
    Robot Zombie 4 months ago

    Wait....arent trees female and male at the same time?🤔