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.

Published by authorlaurablog

I'm a reading specialist from Chicago, now living in the beauty of the Roosevelt National Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. My first book "Aliana Reaches for the Moon" features a creative and curious girl who loves science, her little brother, and her very patient parents. I'm currently writing a MG novel and several picture books with STEM elements and dogs.

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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    1. Also, Sorry to hear you’re allergic. I saw on a local neighborhood thread that people were discussing what worked best to combat the suffering. It’s supposed to rain this weekend which should end the pollen for the year.

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