Are these spent cones on my Thuja occidentalis Sunkist

toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)December 5, 2011

Just want to see if I understand what I am seeing.

These photos are from 11/14 so understand I am in no sense of panic. Could this four foot tall Thuja be producing cones already?

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Thanks guys.

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

All looks normal. Being grafted they can cone much earlier than a seedling would.


    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 1:33AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

Thanks tsuga.

The little fella is impressing me greatly. Was attacked by a deer who gave it a poodle like pruning job a few years ago, is growing nicely in a damp enough spot to kill other evergreens, AND it still looks very healthy.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 1:38AM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Tommy, Thuja occ. 'Sunkist' will always be propagated by cuttings...

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 2:16AM
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Yep, cones after maturity. Thuja occidentalis produces cones young anyway, regardless of whether seed or cutting grown.


    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 4:21AM
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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

Pick some anyway and put in a bag and shake them. I'll bet there are seeds still to be had.


    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 11:05AM
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Here is a picture of a Sunkist that I found growing at Hidden Lake,MI. Most of the catalogs that I read said that it only grows between six and nine feet high. I guess this one can't read.


    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 12:28PM
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ladylotus(Z3/4 ND)

That is a beautiful looking tree. I love the bright gold. Makes it so striking.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2011 at 10:26PM
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