The photo here shows oak vein pocket gall. This gall is caused by a tiny gall midge (fly) and causes the distortions that you see. It’s not really a problem for the tree, doesn’t cause premature defoliation, and won’t kill the leaves, but it will cause the leaves to be a bit gnarled for the remainder of the growing season. I’ve had a couple reports of this from Shawano and Brown Counties this summer so far. More info can be found on the Kansas State Research and Extension website.
Written by: Linda Williams, forest health specialist, Woodruff, (Linda.Williams@wisconsin.gov), 715-356-5211 x232.