Identification: Micro pine cones found in Dwarf Alberta Spruce

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  1. Everlearn

    Everlearn New Member

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    I found these super tiny pine cones in my DAS while checking on some new growth. I tried identifying them with google image search but it seems to identify them as parasites. In addition to the pine cone structure, there's a very heavy pine scent when pinched. I'm trying to figure out what produces pine cones this small?

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    They're male (pollen) cones, but not from the DAS; they're from something in the cypress family, most likely a juniper or a cypress. Is either of those growing nearby where the wind could blow the fallen pollen cones onto your DAS?
     
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    That's very possible.
     

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