Friday, September 18, 2009

Monkey Puzzle tree cones

I recently came across a large Monkey Puzzle tree in Portland, Oregon with some mature seed cones on the lower branches. This allowed me to get some good pictures a good bit closer up than I have in the past.
These cones are about the size of a softball, measuring about 12-15 cm in diameter (4-5 inches). They are a rather peculiar cone for a rather peculiar tree and occur at the terminal ends of this evergreen tree species rather peculiar branches.
This particular tree was rather loaded with the female seed cones as you can see in the image below.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing photos!!
    As someone who grew up in Northern Canada, this is one tree I have never had the pleasure of seeing in real life. Beautiful!