Small rose shaped pine cone

nigell_gwNovember 22, 2008

Greetings,

Can anyone identify the tree these come from? They are 2" in diameter, about 1/2" tall, flattened like a rose. I collected them from the sidewalk at a yard sale last year and as I remember, the tree may have had short, feathery looking needles.

TIA for any help.

Nigell

Norfolk VA

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Maybe tamarack.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 8:28PM
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esh_ga

How odd! I grew up in Norfolk, VA and I remember seeing those too!

    Bookmark   November 22, 2008 at 9:03PM
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nigell_gw

Thanks, bboy, you may be right with tamarack. Will try to find another such tree, and it sounds like they make good bonsai subjects; interesting.
Thanks again for the help.
Nigell

    Bookmark   November 23, 2008 at 9:42AM
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deejaus

Have a look at Cedrus deodara commonly called Deodar cedar. We call the little cones cedar roses here.

Cheers,
Dee.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 1:09AM
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deejaus

I should have also mentioned that the cedar rose is not the whole cone. It is what remains of the stem end of the cone after it has broken down.

Dee

    Bookmark   November 26, 2008 at 10:12PM
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nigell_gw

Dee,
I found pics of the Deodar cedar online and that is the best match. Now I want to find that tree again :)
Thanks so much!
Nigell

    Bookmark   December 5, 2008 at 5:55AM
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the_stripper

did a job in greenville nc. the lady had a d. cedar tree. about 60'tall and 2.5 diameter. she had some 7 foot saplings. she wanted a little much for me. $1500, so i just took some pine cones. they were free

    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 11:40PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Does look like the top of a Cedrus cone, looking at it again. Often the end will hold together, at least for awhile even though the scales below have all come off the spindle-like central axis.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2009 at 3:42PM
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calvin99

Nigell, is it possible to buy one of your rose shaped pinecones?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2010 at 10:30PM
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bluedogg55_gmail_com

I use to live in Santa Rosa Cali. & I had a hugh pine tree that was old & tall. It produce those pine cone roses big & small. I use to call that tree my magic pine cone tree. When my Mom or anyone visited they collected some & took them home. So beautiful. I too do not know what pine tree made them & then I sold the house & moved. I do have some roses that I
can pass on. I will take one along & talk to someone at my local nursery. Keep you posted. Cindy

    Bookmark   June 1, 2011 at 9:16PM
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jlorraine_davidoff_yahoo_com

My guess is Pinus contorta or Shore Pine. I have one in my yard. They are native to the Pacific Northwest but will grow in other areas. It is tolerant of salt spray. It makes a great bonsai selection.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2011 at 4:16AM
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