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Pinus strobus cone crops

Rod Savidge savidge at unb.ca
Tue Sep 5 20:40:44 EST 2000

In New Brunswick, Canada, we've had noticeably very heavy cone crops on 
eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) each fall for the last three years 
(i.e., including this year).   This is unusual as the species more 
typically produces a heavy crop only every three years at best (normally 
longer intervals), so I'm thinking the successive heavy crops are an 
indication of a heightened inductive factor.
It takes two years from pollination to mature cone production in eastern 
white pine, so if there is an inductive factor impinging on the physiology 
of this species, it could have originated in 1995.

I've seen similar heavy cone burdens everywhere I've travelled in New 
Brunswick and am curious to know if similar heavy crops have been noticed 
elsewhere in the eastern USA (or wherever).

Rod Savidge, PhD
Tree Physiologist
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