Posted: 17/01/2015 at 13:12
you may need to check this out online as some trees have double dormancy - that is they need to periods of chilling to start into growth. I'm rather gung ho about tree seeds - pot them up, top with grit and leave outside to get frosted over the winter (so now would be a good time). I have had much success over the years by planting collected tree seed when it is fresh, when it often germinates quickly. But if it doesn't leaving it outside over winter usually does the trick.
You can speed up the process with dry seed by soaking in warm water for a few hours and then putting your planted pot in the fridge to simulate winter. It will depend on tree type however, so I reckon a bit of googling should get you a proper answer.