Friday, March 23, 2012

The World of Cones

Saya and Harumi with a "Sugar Pine" cone, Pinus lambertiana


                                                       Within a cone's throw
                                                              in my garden I grow
                                                                      trees from the best corners of the world.


Walking through the nursery, and especially in our gardens with mature specimens, one can experience foreign lands in just a few steps. Quickly I see a Larix (Larch) from Europe, a Sciadopitys (Umbrella Pine) from Japan, a Sequoiadendron (Giant Redwood) from California, a Pinus (Pine) from China, an Abies (True Fir) from Spain and another from Mexico etc. I play the where's-it-from? game with my children, and they beam with pride when I frequently mention Japan. Last week's blog pitted Japan vs. California in the number of native conifer species, with California the winner. But in my nursery and gardens, I have more (total) plants that hail from Japan, with China probably at number two. I should clarify: the species are native to these various countries, but many cultivars perhaps originated in another country.

Today we'll take a world trip, zig-zagging across the globe, and we'll do it via coniferous cones--a cone trip. Somewhere I read about an Englishman from about 150 years ago, who was described as "eccentric" because he maintained a "conetum," a collection of cones instead of trees. I don't think he was barmy on the crumpet (out of orbit) at all, rather, I wish I could have met him and seen his collection, for I've done the same thing. Only my cones are still hanging from the trees, or have recently fallen to the ground. Here then is my "conetum."

Abies concolor from California to Colorado and NW Mexico


Abies delavayi from Yunnan, China to Burma to NE India


Abies nebrodensis from Sicily
Abies nordmanniana from Turkey






























Abies koreana from Korea
Abies numidica from Algeria



















































Abies procera from Oregon, Washington





Abies squamata from China, Tibet



Abies spectabilis from Nepal, Tibet, Afghanistan



Athrotaxis laxifolia from Tasmania



Cunninghamia lanceolata from China





Chamaecyparis obtusa from Japan




Larix kaempferi from Japan



























Picea abies from S Scandinavia to central and S Europe




Picea abies from S Scandinavia to central and S Europe
























Picea glauca from S Canada and USA, from the Atlantic to the Pacific




Picea likiangensis from Yunnan, China



Picea likiangensis from Yunnan, China



Picea orientalis from S Russia to NE Turkey



Picea polita from Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, Japan


























Picea pungens from Rocky Mountains from Wyoming to New Mexico





Picea smithiana from Afghanistan to China





Pinus coulteri from California





Pinus balfouriana from California


















Pinus koraiensis from NE Asia





Pinus kwangtungensis from SE China


















Pinus leucodermis from S Europe
Pinus longaeva from California



























Pinus nigra from Austria





Pinus parviflora from Japan

















Pinus sabiniana from California











Pinus wallichiana from Afghanistan to NE India, Bhutan





Pseudolarix amabilis from S China

Pseudolarix amabilis from S China



Pseudotsuga gaussenii from Anhui, Zhejiang, China


Pseudotsuga gaussenii from Anhui, Zhejiang, China


Pseudotsuga gaussenii from Anhui, Zhejiang, China



Pseudotsuga menziesii from W USA





Pseudotsuga japonica from Japan

















Sciadopitys verticillata from Japan
Taxodium ascendens from E USA



Tsuga carolina from SW Virginia to NW Georgia


Cathaya argyrophylla from Guangxi and Sichuan, China


Our trip took us from the northern to the southern hemisphere, from deserts to temperate rain forests to the Himalayas. Hopefully I have left you in a good conedition.

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful and so artistic. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I have a big cone collection too

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  3. I would love to have every single one of these! Every one is so unique and beautiful!
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer

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