What's a maple flower?

Do native maple trees bear flowers? If so, what do they look like? How can I recognize them?

Western hemlocks are drought-sensitive. Consider watering them ...

Do you have western hemlocks in your yard? In the late-summer heat, consider watering them!

Why do cones tend to grow near the tops of conifer trees?

As a rule-of-thumb, most seed cones (female cones) tend to grow in the upper portions of trees. Why is this?