monkey puzzle trees not producing cones

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  1. Willi

    Willi Member

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    Re: Mature Monkey puzzle tree in Nanaimo

    We are located on the B.C. Sunshine Coast and the Monkey Puzzle Tree we have has been growing in front of our house since we bought the house aprox. 18 years ago and it was about 2 meters tall. It now stands about 10 meters tall and As far as I can remember we have never had cones on it???? Does it need to be pollinated to produce cones and how can we tell if it is female or male?
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  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Re: Mature Monkey puzzle tree in Nanaimo

    Could still be too young. Males produce narrow cones that release pollen and then drop off. Females produce broad, seed-bearing cones that break up when mature. Large, edible seeds will be found scattered on ground, along with cone scales. Tree is so ancient and primitive cones appear as sort of an extension of branches, until becoming discolored as they finish.
     

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