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Female and male trees

mel turner mturner at acpub.duke.edu
Mon Dec 25 04:23:56 EST 1995

In article <E0181001330656705252000847 at TEXAS> petor at texas.snafu.de (Peter Hein) writes:
>Hello there!
>How can I distinguish between female and male trees. Do all common trees  
>have male and female counterparts?

     Some familiar kinds do have separate "male" and "female" plants [the 
botanical word for this is "dioecious"], but most don't.  You can tell pretty 
easily -- do some trees  produce all the pollen, and other trees produce 
all the seeds [fruits or seed cones]?  

     Some dioecious examples: Ginkgo;  red cedar [Juniperus]; date palms 
[Phoenix];  wax myrtles [Myrica];  poplars [Populus]; hollies [Ilex]; all 
cycads; marijuana [Cannabis]; etc...

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