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The majority of conifer species carry both male and female flowers/cones on the same tree, these types of conifers are referred to as being monoecious.
Conifers that bare their male and female flowers on different trees, such as Juniperus and Taxus are referred to as being dioecious.
The majority of what I would call the showier cones are generally to be found in the Pinaceae family of conifers. So here is a selection of photos showing just a small sample of the diversity to be found in conifer cones, and Yet another side to conifers that is not often publicized or appreciated,

Pinus koraiensis (korean Pine) seed bearing cones

Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’ (Korean Fir) seed bearing cones

Picea abies ‘Acrocona’ (Norway Spruce) immature seed bearing cone

Picea abies ‘Acrocona’ (Norway Spruce) mature seed bearing cone

Pinus thunbergii (Japanese Black Pine) male pollen cones

Abies numidica ‘Pendula’ (Algerian Fir) seed bearing cone

Taxus baccata ‘Rushmore’ (English Yew) male pollen cones

Pinus pungens (Table Mountain Pine) seed bearing cone

Larix decidua ’Horstmann’s Recurved’ (European Larch) immature seed bearing cones

larix decidua ’Horstmann’s Recurved (European Larch) mature seed bearing cones

Sciadopitys verticillata (Japanese Umbrella Pine) seed bearing cone

Pinus ayacahuite (Mexican White Pine) seed bearing cone

Picea pungens ‘Hermann Naue’ (Colorado Spruce) immature seed bearing cones

Abies veitchii ’Pendula (Veitch Fir) seed bearing cone

Picea polita (Tigertail Spruce) seed bearing cones

Abies amabilis ‘Spreading Star’ (Pacific Silver Fir) male pollen cones

Pinus strobus ‘Nana’ (Eastern White Pine) seed bearing cones

Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ (Mount Atlas Cedar) male pollen cones

Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ (Mount Atlas cedar) female seed bearing cone

Abies koreana ‘Blue Magic’ ( Korean Fir) immature seed bearing cone

Pinus muricata (Bishop Pine) seed bearing cone

Picea wilsonii (Wilson Spruce) seed bearing cone

Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir) male flowers

Pinus wallichiana (Himalayan Pine) seed bearing cone

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Thats really interesting. All my conifers are really small so it will be a few years before I see any cones on them.
I have a great photo that I took at Kew gardens, of some cones that I tapped, as they are normally wind pollinated it shows the pollen grains as a very fine mist.

I shall find it and upload it.

15 Dec, 2009


Very interesting BS.....those cones are beautiful and intricate....never taken much notice of them before (blush)....I will now. I did know there were flowers, but had never seen them before.....lovely......thank you :)

15 Dec, 2009


lovely pictures BS,and colours are attractive.We had Abies Koreana at our
last house,and absolutely loved it.Unfortunately,the new owners didn't,and within 2 weeks,chopped it down! I was devastated,as it was a lovely tree.There is still a huge gap where it was,so all they can see now,is a big telegraph pole,and lots of telephone wires,! ..lovely.....

15 Dec, 2009


Wonderful photographs, Stephen.... :o)

15 Dec, 2009


So exciting, I love all of them. We were quite surprsed to see the pink cones on a couple of our Larix for the first time, nice though. We collected some cones from our Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ - which I didnt know until reading your blog, was a female - a few years ago and successfully have grown a couple of trees.

15 Dec, 2009


Thanks for your interest everyone.
Dawn - did you mean you didn't know the cones you collected from your Cedrus were female ?

15 Dec, 2009


lovely blog bs. love the plant morphology. how can people say conifers are boring?

15 Dec, 2009


That's right Blue - I'm a bit naive arent I. I didnt realise there were male and females.

15 Dec, 2009


Amazing pictures!

15 Dec, 2009


wow so many differant shapes, colours and sizes of cones, i didnt realise there were so many, i love the bright pink ones, lovely pictures blue... thanx for showing these i really enjoyed them ;o))

15 Dec, 2009


That was a bit different - and so interesting! Thanks, BS. I enjoyed it, too. :-)

15 Dec, 2009


Thanks again everyone :0)
I thought this blog might generate a bit more interest from other members than it did , took me hours to sort out the photos....never mind, win some, loose some :0(

16 Dec, 2009


aww we enjoyed it blue, i think its just generally quiet on here at the moment, nothing to do with your blog,, :o)) x

16 Dec, 2009


I appreciate the trouble you went to BS :-) Great photos - you know I love trees and its so nice to be educated on conifer propogation.

16 Dec, 2009


Fabulous photography. The variety here is stunning. Thanks for showing these. I had one cone on abies koreana 'Verdener Dom' this year and am hoping for many more next year! The Douglas Fir flowers above are something special.

16 Dec, 2009


whats the expression 'you can lead a horse to water..'
dont be down cast bs lots of us have really enjoyed this blog.

16 Dec, 2009


Fantastic pictures Bluespruce and thanks for all the information. I didn't realize how little I knew about conifers!

21 Dec, 2009


Thanks Claire, wasn't expecting anymore comments, but very welcome, and yes there's a lot more to conifers than most people think :0)

21 Dec, 2009


I don't log on to GoY every day and when I do, I do a bit of a catch up on blogs I may have missed etc.

21 Dec, 2009


I love these plants, they all have something gorgeous about them.
Great photos of them too.

22 Dec, 2009


I'm carefully choosing trees for my yard, and aesthetics are so important to me. I appreciate the time you took to share these with us. I learned something new today, thanks!

19 Jan, 2010


Fantastic photos, Bluespruce! Thank you for all the information, very interesting.

25 Jan, 2011

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