The fernpine from Australia is a
common tree along the
streets of Southern California. Actually there are three species
grouped under this common name. It doesn't have showy flowers
like the jacaranda which it replaced, but it doesn't make as much mess
either. (the jacaranda was removed because it broke up the
are the leaves of the fernpine. Not all gymnosperms have needle
After many years, the fernpine in our
yard produced these male cones. When shaken they produced a cloud
of yellow pollen.
A fernpine on the other side of our
block produced female cones. Most of the trees in our neighorhood
are still not reproducing.
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