Do native maple trees bear flowers? If so, what do they look like? How can I recognize them?
Here in the Pacific NW, we had an uncommonly cold and snowy February. Did this affect the new buds on trees and shrubs?
Something is causing green Douglas-fir cones to fall from the trees before they are ripe. And, the cones are getting piled up into mounds. Who’s doing this?
I’ve been sweeping zillions of tiny, brown, cone-like structures off of my driveway. They are male pollen cones from Douglas-firs, Pseudotsuga menziesii.
Douglas-fir cones are re-appearing again after a year of no cones.
Let's take apart a Douglas-fir cone with a pair of kitchen shears. What's inside?
For old cones, you'd expect that most or all of the seeds are gone, which is what we find.
What do Douglas-fir seeds look like? How many are there?
And finally, read this for a trick question ...
Have you ever seen Douglas maples in abundance? ... I haven't either, until a recent week-long trip to Cypress Island near Anacortes, Washington.
Where are all the Douglas-fir green cones this year? Is this a sign of trouble?
What are those "mousetails" sticking out from Douglas-fir cones? They are called "bracts." Learn about bracts here.
What are seed cones? What are pollen cones? Are they different? Learn about cones here.