pacific nw

Which one is native to the Pacific Northwest?

Three of these might be found on your dinner table. The other is a native tree of the Pacific Northwest. Which are which?

What's a maple flower?

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

Pussy willows are releasing pollen

What are pussy willows doing now? Stamens have emerged from the male catkins and are releasing pollen grains.

Missing in action: green cones on Douglas-firs

Where are all the Douglas-fir green cones this year? Is this a sign of trouble?

It's snowing ... fluffy seeds of black cottonwood!

What is that "snow" drifting through the air? It's the fluffy seeds of black cottonwood.

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?

What are female cones and male cones?

What are seed cones? What are pollen cones? Are they different? Learn about cones here.