Submitted February 09, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Winter sets the stage for the conifers and their unique reproductive structures called cones. Conifers are classified as gymnosperms. The term gymnosperm translates to mean 'naked seed' because their seeds do not develop within an ovary. Instead, they are protected by a cone, and what attractive cones they are!

Weeping Eastern White Pine    Pinus strobus 'Pendula'

Here is a mature female cone and can be spotted in the Medicinal Garden.

Gray Alder    Alnus incana

I know, I know, the alder is not a conifer but just look at these beautiful catkins. On the left are the male catkins and on the right are the female catkins that eventually develop to look cone-like as pictured above.

PiƱon Pine    Pinus edulis

This is a Utah native whose cones produce seeds we call pine nuts. They are edible and enjoyed by wildlife and humans alike.

Golden Candle Oriental Spruce    Picea orientalis 'Aureospicata'

Outside the Children's Garden you won't miss the tree that is covered by these cones.

Don Smith Red Pine    Pinus resinosa 'Don Smith'

This cone from a dwarf pine in the Four Seasons Garden has opened and dropped it's seed.

Do the winter blues have you down? Come get some sun while enjoying a walk through the Garden. See how many different cones you can find!
Photos by, Heidi Simper

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