What are the Bumps on My Leyland Cypress?
We have a whole row of Leyland Cypress trees for seclusion. They have a slight tendency in summer to foster pests called bagworms. Having learned this, I make it a practice from June on to hand pick any "pine cones" I see dangling from branches. But this year I saw something different. I photographed it for Persona Paper this afternoon.
Growth-like structures, resembling mere extensions of the individual parts of the branches, mystified me. I figured they must be something special, since out of all the trees, I saw only this one tiny patch. The Internet, being what it is, it did not take me long to discover what the bumps on my Leyland cypress were.
They are male pollen cones. Funny, considering how tiny they are, that they are called cones. Have you seen these before?
Image Credit » Leyland Cypress male pollen cones. - Image by Vincent Summers