I’ve got cones on my BAC!

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For the last few weeks I’ve been watching these develop on my Blue Atlas Cedar and we’re now up to 13 of them. They’re all on the upper branches and according to the info I have been able to find they are likely male pollen cones. This seems likely because sources say female cones only develop on older trees. I was surprised at them forming in June/July but then read that BAC male cones release their pollen in August/September so the timing seems right. I think I will let them develop some more just to confirm this and then remove them to conserve energy. Has anyone else had these develop on their trees and if so are they the male cones? Here are a couple of photos with the cones circled in red.

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Yup, those will be rife with pollen. When we were at the National Arboretum this past May, the trees were full of them.
 
You have POLLEN cones produced by the male plant. Not woody "pine cones" in the classic sense--those are produced by the female plant.
 
You have POLLEN cones produced by the male plant. Not woody "pine cones" in the classic sense--those are produced by the female plant.
According to the page you linked to, this is not a male plant or a female plant.

“Blue atlas cedar is monoecious in nature which means both the male and female parts on the same tree but different parts.”
 
According to the page you linked to, this is not a male plant or a female plant.

“Blue atlas cedar is monoecious in nature which means both the male and female parts on the same tree but different parts.”
Still pollen cones.
 
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