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Springtime spruces - 2: Pollen cones

Red-purple growths are showing up on spruce trees.

Spring is an amazing time.  Most trees are in bloom - even spruce trees.  These little red-purple growths are actually the pollen cones.  They will swell (and already are swollen in the 3rd picture) and fade to a light purple-green color.  Then, they'll release their pollen with the goal that it will reach a receptive cone, resulting in successful reproduction.  As spruce cones develop, they're also pretty, with a purplish color developing throughout the summer.

Spruce pollen cone 1

Spruce pollen cone 2

Spruce pollen cone 3

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