Tree Sex


Let’s talk about tree sex! So, it’s neat that Coast Redwoods can clone themselves, but variety is nice. These little cones (about the size of a dime) go from tight green balls to open brown cones as they mature. This green cone gave me quite a surprise. It exploded open while I was drawing it, scattering seeds in a radius of about a meter!

Redwood cones are prolific on the forest floor, and each cone gives us a few dozen seeds. That’s a lot of seeds, and there’s not much space here for more trees… Alex thinks that seed viability isn’t very high, although he says he hasn’t tested that yet, a study done at UC Berkeley agreed and shows that older trees have a higher percentage of viable seeds. Our young forest then is less likely to be reproducing sexually, than a more mature forest.

UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserve

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