Pine pollen – everything you didn’t know about pine trees

We live in a forest of pine trees. Unlike flowering plants, pine trees don’t attract bees or butterflies for pollination. The wind does the job of transferring pollen from male cones to female cones or on other trees.

The first two photos are male pine cones and the third one, what we think of as a traditional pine cone is a female. The video captures the wind blowing the pollen from the trees.

7 thoughts on “Pine pollen – everything you didn’t know about pine trees

  1. I discovered that I’m allergic to all of the pines in the Bay Area. I love nature, but I spend a handful of months taking antihistamines to keep my eyes and nose from driving me crazy. Have you seen the Andy Goldsworthy film where he climbs inside a pollen-covered tree and shakes its limbs? Huge clouds of pollen take flight. It’s hilarious as he walks away, covered in pollen and saying that he really shouldn’t be doing that. The man is a creative genius but lacking, perhaps, in the common sense category, LOL.

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