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49 responses

  1. Jeremy

    Alder

    December 15, 2016 at 7:25 am

  2. Sally

    Alder catkins

    December 15, 2016 at 7:27 am

  3. Midge

    Black alder

    December 15, 2016 at 7:31 am

  4. Suzanne Weinberg

    My winter tree ID skills are really rusty, but I think some species of birch.

    December 15, 2016 at 7:33 am

  5. Grace Bartlett

    Female catkin in speckled alder

    December 15, 2016 at 7:33 am

  6. J. Griffin

    scale

    December 15, 2016 at 7:41 am

  7. Connie Snyder

    I’m guessing these “cones” are not as large as they appear in photo and that they come from the speckled alder – A. rugose – common near wetlands in this area.

    December 15, 2016 at 7:42 am

  8. Ellen walter

    If had time, I would pop up the hill and look, but since I don’t – my guess s Witch Hazel

    December 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

  9. Marilyn

    Alder. But if that’s a trick question, it must be something else.

    December 15, 2016 at 7:54 am

  10. Mary Jo Carlsen

    Dawn redwood. Metasequoia glyptostroboides

    December 15, 2016 at 8:08 am

  11. Kathy kessler

    I believe it’s witch hazel, and they’re not true “cones”

    December 15, 2016 at 8:12 am

  12. Alnus incana – Alder

    December 15, 2016 at 8:17 am

  13. Thea Lahti

    Hemlock

    December 15, 2016 at 8:19 am

  14. Jim Nordgren

    It’s an alder-a shrub.

    December 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

  15. Susan Elliott

    Alder

    December 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

  16. alder or birch

    December 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

  17. Eleanor Fairbanks

    Alder?

    December 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

  18. Robin Koczera

    Due to the lack of needles I guess the cones are from a larch/tamarack.

    December 15, 2016 at 8:42 am

  19. Sara Hart

    Alder

    December 15, 2016 at 8:43 am

  20. David

    Speckled alder?

    December 15, 2016 at 8:48 am

  21. Laura Alexander

    Alder – although I am not aware that we have alder trees in the northeast. We do have speckled alder shrubs in wet areas.

    December 15, 2016 at 8:52 am

  22. Gail

    Speckled alder.

    December 15, 2016 at 9:18 am

  23. M harrold

    Elder

    December 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

    • M harrold

      Alder.

      December 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

  24. dp

    Alder

    December 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

  25. Betsy Hawes

    alder

    December 15, 2016 at 9:36 am

  26. Cliff Fairweather

    Female alder catkins, not sure of species.

    December 15, 2016 at 9:39 am

  27. Sara

    Alnus

    December 15, 2016 at 9:40 am

  28. cones from an Alder?

    December 15, 2016 at 10:02 am

  29. Peter Minnich

    Magnified alder catkins

    December 15, 2016 at 10:07 am

  30. Bill On The Hill...

    I’m going out on a limb here ( pun intended ) & will go with a red pine or a Scottish pine, however, I can’t help but wonder if the alder crowd is onto something… :>)
    Bill…

    December 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

  31. Rachael Tolman

    The alder tree

    December 15, 2016 at 10:16 am

  32. These cute lil things are “alder rage” these days. Paint them gold and add them to your wreaths.

    December 15, 2016 at 10:23 am

  33. John F Dumas

    I believe these are cones from a Larch tree. I would guess they are the female.

    December 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

  34. bunny wescott

    speckled alder : alnus incana, but it could be smooth alder, but lean toward speckled

    December 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm

  35. Tami

    Alder

    December 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm

  36. Jenny G.

    alder

    December 15, 2016 at 3:27 pm

  37. ann

    alder

    December 15, 2016 at 3:49 pm

  38. Sue Wetmore

    Looks like an alder cone.
    Sue Wetmorr

    December 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

  39. Alder…probably speckled alder (Alnus incana).

    December 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm

  40. Elaine Schmottlach

    alder

    December 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm

  41. Jean Harrison

    alder

    December 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  42. Kathy Schillemat

    Speckled alder

    December 15, 2016 at 5:02 pm

  43. collette59

    mystery tree is a speckled alder

    December 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  44. Albert Harley

    larch

    December 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm

  45. Speckled alder. I’ve often wondered at the curly tendrils that sometimes project from the”cones.” Are they galls?

    December 16, 2016 at 1:18 am

  46. Pam Katz

    Jen…..we will get that thing for Aidan for his birthday… Thanks for Xmas card…love it!!! Can’t wait to see you!😍

    “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” Bob Dylan

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    December 16, 2016 at 8:42 am

  47. Molly Hale

    speckled alder. But what are they–alders are angiosperms, so wouldn’t produce cones, right?

    December 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm

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