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  8 months ago +154

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  • Allison Ruiz-Apolinar vlogs and vids

    "When trees go nuts" More like "When trees GROW nuts!"

  • Jenny Aurelia
    Jenny Aurelia 3 days ago

    I did *Nut* know this

    Okay my pun is lame

  • Packless1
    Packless1 4 days ago

    ...there's s.k.o. WWW (wood-wide-web ;-)
    in fact plants DO communicate...!

  • Bondboy Fandashe
    Bondboy Fandashe 5 days ago

    Nice propaganda by the way :D

  • Sugar Shibes
    Sugar Shibes 8 days ago

    Trees plz continue makin baby trees :( :)

  • Shahad  AlMakki Vlogs
    Shahad AlMakki Vlogs 10 days ago


  • Nigel FTW
    Nigel FTW 11 days ago

    extend the life of their species and not become feces

  • Musthafa Musthafa
    Musthafa Musthafa 13 days ago

    Oh wait I WAS BORN IN 2010

  • Twilight Gardens presentations

    if acacia trees can talk on the wind with scents why couldnt oak or aspen

  • Ishank Gupta
    Ishank Gupta 20 days ago

    0:02 "this video was brought you by you". Oh thank u

  • Nadia D
    Nadia D 22 days ago

    Trees are smart

  • Aaaa Bbbb
    Aaaa Bbbb 25 days ago


  • Sorrowful dilo
    Sorrowful dilo 27 days ago

    Tree in BFB: IM GOING *NUTS*
    Xd xd xd xd xd

  • Jacob Pledger
    Jacob Pledger 27 days ago +1

    “This video was brought to you by.... _you_ “
    Me: *but I found it. Not sent it to myself.*

  • Linda Gonzalez
    Linda Gonzalez 27 days ago

    If the planet is round how are we at the ground but not at space ?

  • Suzanne Curry
    Suzanne Curry 28 days ago

    Why does cow poop turn into hay?! Can you please make this episode?!

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    Aca A 28 days ago

    Who's you?

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  • Paul Rheeder
    Paul Rheeder Month ago

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    Asjad Ali Month ago


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    Oscar Waine Month ago

    How do you sponsor the channel

  • Bri Robert
    Bri Robert Month ago

    I born in 2010

  • Daniel Kunst
    Daniel Kunst Month ago

    When I watched this there was 666K viws lol

  • Idk what Iam
    Idk what Iam Month ago +1


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    Laura 2 months ago

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  • Hazaragi Dambora
    Hazaragi Dambora 2 months ago

    i was born in 2010 oktober 4!?:D

  • Amilcar Cuevas
    Amilcar Cuevas 2 months ago

    Me: *sees title* ughhhhhhhhhhhh, I. Hate. Puns!

  • Coconut :3
    Coconut :3 2 months ago

    Go NUTS tok it HUH HUH XD

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    Please don't ever say "stuff themselves silly" again

  • FuturisticLion
    FuturisticLion 2 months ago

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  • jamal jamac
    jamal jamac 2 months ago

    I was born on 2010

  • Detroit baby
    Detroit baby 2 months ago

    Damn im tryna go back to Michigan

  • Motanul
    Motanul 2 months ago

    *_T R E E N U T S_*

  • LifeLoveDreamMusic
    LifeLoveDreamMusic 3 months ago

    The animation is just the most adorable I've ever seen, all those squirrels and trees

  • TimGaming88
    TimGaming88 3 months ago

    So they're...

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    XXX_insane_gamer_XXX 3 months ago

    it'd so fun learning with you keep going
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  • Some nerd 157
    Some nerd 157 3 months ago

    *tree sex extravaganza*

  • TheHadesShade
    TheHadesShade 3 months 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 3 months ago


  • NeonBOI447 BW
    NeonBOI447 BW 3 months ago +1

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

  • Da Thao
    Da Thao 3 months 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 3 months ago

    0:36 is that the Kanto region

  • America
    America 3 months ago

    that joke was kind of


  • can o cola
    can o cola 3 months ago


  • joseph jackson
    joseph jackson 3 months ago +1

    So the trees literally went nuts?

  • Explainable Space
    Explainable Space 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • Crunchitty Munch
    Crunchitty Munch 3 months ago

    i thought this said "when trees go nut"

  • Charizard Garfild
    Charizard Garfild 3 months ago

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

  • Charizard Garfild
    Charizard Garfild 3 months ago

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

  • fakhrul islam
    fakhrul islam 3 months ago

    please no.

  • Brengaming 1501
    Brengaming 1501 3 months ago

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

  • Jessica Schenden
    Jessica Schenden 3 months 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 4 months ago

    Trees can have sex?!

  • Xenomorph Pyro
    Xenomorph Pyro 4 months ago

    Nature finds a way.

  • Rudragon Plays
    Rudragon Plays 4 months ago


  • Ender Sky
    Ender Sky 4 months ago

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

  • Mia Perkins
    Mia Perkins 4 months ago

    do you promote being vegan?

  • Pixel Blast
    Pixel Blast 4 months ago

    Wow.. that really explains a lot.

  • Lofoten :D
    Lofoten :D 4 months ago +1

    (Pun intended)

  • Syngamerpro YT
    Syngamerpro YT 4 months ago

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

  • cuong lam
    cuong lam 4 months ago

    That was when i was born

  • Imma Kat
    Imma Kat 4 months ago

    Ur drawing tree sex m8

  • Jessica Lannon
    Jessica Lannon 4 months ago

    *ThIs ViDeO wAs MaDe bY yOu*

  • Divya Ashish
    Divya Ashish 4 months ago

    they bust a nut

  • Henry Hook
    Henry Hook 4 months ago

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

  • Elvis Hye
    Elvis Hye 4 months ago

    2:18 wow i'm hilarious

  • John Doe
    John Doe 4 months ago

    T R E E S E X

  • Sci-Wise
    Sci-Wise 4 months 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 4 months ago

    wow, acornt believe my eyes

  • Gertrudmia Avilo
    Gertrudmia Avilo 4 months ago

    you know what i was born in 2010 cool huh

  • kong layhoung
    kong layhoung 4 months ago


  • kong layhoung
    kong layhoung 4 months ago +1

    Oh cool

  • littlezed pugayan
    littlezed pugayan 4 months ago


  • Nashor
    Nashor 4 months ago

    Sooo... a forrest fuck fest?

  • Kierven Dave Sabayton
    Kierven Dave Sabayton 4 months ago

    WhyTrees Go Nutz

  • Natalie m
    Natalie m 5 months ago

    Tree sex lol X3.

  • Jack is not in the box
    Jack is not in the box 5 months ago


  • Dorothy Isidro
    Dorothy Isidro 5 months ago

    I was born on April 2010!

    • Guy The GalaXII
      Guy The GalaXII 5 months ago

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

  • ConnorConnor
    ConnorConnor 5 months ago


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    Drus 13 5 months ago

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

  • Dragoonflight
    Dragoonflight 5 months ago

    Never knew trees were so smart.

  • Nevi Nevi
    Nevi Nevi 5 months ago

    it becomes doodoo

  • Michael Hartman
    Michael Hartman 5 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 》 5 months ago


  • Lala
    Lala 5 months ago

    Now I feel bad for eating plant babies

  • pirate missouri
    pirate missouri 5 months ago +1

    _Was Brought To You By You_

  • Plainjupiter724
    Plainjupiter724 5 months ago

    I love that thumbnail

  • Ian Carlson
    Ian Carlson 5 months ago

    A Dad joke? Wait, a MOM joke?

  • Artsy Stuff
    Artsy Stuff 5 months ago

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

  • Natthaya Choosuk
    Natthaya Choosuk 5 months ago


  • Sara leigh GT
    Sara leigh GT 5 months ago

    Like the rhyme

  • Carl Pow
    Carl Pow 6 months ago

    In Jamaica, there's no trees nuts

  • Nikol Maria
    Nikol Maria 6 months ago

    let them save the world

  • Arlyn Robles
    Arlyn Robles 6 months ago

    I was born in 2010

  • Don  Timberman
    Don Timberman 6 months ago

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

  • Some Guy's Channel
    Some Guy's Channel 6 months ago

    Trees should make no nuts the year before masting.