What does it mean when trees produce a lot of seeds?

What does it mean when trees produce a lot of seeds?

An over-abundance of samaras sometimes means the tree experienced some sort of “stress” the previous year, so producing a bumper crop of seeds is the tree’s way of carrying on the species, should that stress continue and that particular tree not survive.

Do trees produce more seeds when stressed?

Knowing all this, it makes sense that a vigorous tree would produce more successful seed crops than a stressed tree. But curiously, stressed trees do sometimes produce a reactive burst of flowering which – if all goes to plan – leads to enhanced fruit and seed production.

Why are there so many helicopter seeds this year?

“The weather was so dry when the maples were blooming at pollination time that since there was no rain, it was a very good year for these flowers to be pollinated; and when the flowers are pollinated that’s what produces those seeds, those samaras,” she said.

How often do cedar trees seed?

Red cedars begin to produce seed-bearing cones between the ages of 10 and 20 years, but they reach their peak production between 70 and 80 years. Once they begin growing viable seed cones, red cedars typically produce seed-bearing cones every two to three years.

Why are my cedar trees dying in the winter?

The temperature drops at night and the needle cells freeze again. They burst as they refreeze and, in time, die off. This results in the winter damage to cedars you see in spring, like dead foliage. Read on for information about the steps you should take to begin repairing winter damage on cedar.

How are cedar trees prepared for the winter?

Cedars are evergreen conifers with needle-like leaves that stay on the tree all winter long. The trees go through “hardening off” in the autumn to prepare them for winter’s worst. The trees close down growth and slow transpiration and consumption of nutrients.

What kind of trees have a lot of seed pods?

Last summer was one of the driest we’ve seen in quite a while. This year the cedars are LOADED down with seed pods. The branches sag with the weight as they would after a liberal dumping of snow. Spruce, pine and hemlock trees crowns are heavy with more cones than I can remember ever seeing before.

Why does my cedar tree have orange pods on it?

The growths, sometimes called cedar apples or pods, come from the orange fungus on a cedar tree trunk known as cedar-apple rust. The fungus can occur anywhere cedar and apples (Malus spp.) grow near each other. It takes both kinds of plants to complete the rust’s life cycle.