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Name: William H. A.
Status: educator
Age: 60s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 1999-2001 


Question:
I live and work in NE Vermont. This year the female cone production in almost every species of conifer has been exceptionally heavy, greater than I have ever seen. Entire treetops are laden, and some bow down under the weight. Now that they are open with seeds dispersed, the ground is littered with fallen cones of all types.

Any thoughts why this may be so? The winter has unusually harsh, with a heavy snow pack. The spring has been cool, but otherwise normal.


Replies:
http://www.schweich.com/glossaryA.html

see "mast year"

http://www.botanik.uni-bonn.de/conifers/pi/pin/strobus.htm

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Brach


Bill,

How were things last year? In our area there was a semi drought for much of the spring/summer. The fruit production on most trees (deciduous and conifer) was low. I suspect what you may be seeing is a "make-up" for last year, dpending on the type of weather you saw last year.

Ric Rupnik



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