What Kind of Tree Has Cones?

By Shelley Moore

All trees with needles have cones, and most trees with cones and needles are evergreens---but not all of them. Hundreds of species of trees with cones are found throughout the world, and these trees are known as conifers.

Features

Conifers are trees that produce cones to protect their seeds. The cones have many scales to shelter the seeds. Eventually the scales open and the seeds fall to the ground, to grow where they fall, or to be carried away by wind, birds, squirrels or other small animals.

Types

Conifers make up the division Pinophyta, also known as Coniferophyta and Coniferae. Some commonly recognized conifer species include cedar, fir, cypress, juniper, larch, pine, redwood, spruce and yew.

Varieties

Each of these species has many different varieties, such as the pines ponderosa, white, red, jack, Austrian, longleaf, Scotch and numerous others.

Appearance

Some conifers have short needles and some long, and some have flat leaves like scales. Cones may be tiny or large, and they can stand up, hang down or be attached along the entire length of the twig.

Fun Fact

Most conifers are evergreen but some are deciduous, shedding their needles in the fall. Larches, dawn redwoods and bald cypresses are examples of deciduous trees with cones.

About the Author

Newspapers I have written articles for on a freelance basis or have worked as a stringer for include the Brown Deer Herald, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, Greendale Village Life, LaCrosse Business News, Milwaukee Sentinel, and River Hills Herald. All are (or were) based in Wisconsin except the Dubuque paper. I also published several short articles in the 1990s with the National Research Bureau, which for many years issued booklet publications such as A Better Life for You, Money Saving Ideas, Reader's Review, and Selected Reading.