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Maine State Flower (White pine cone and Tassel)

Maine is the only state that has selected an official floral emblem that does not offer a flower. The White pine cone and Tassel (Pinus strobus) was named the Maine State Flower on July 21, 1945... Eastern White Pine cone tree is monoecious. The pattern of flowering in Eastern White Pine tree is uncertain. The male strobili are oval, 8 to 10 mm long and occur mostly on the basal part of new shoots and mostly on older lateral branches in the lower crown. At the time of pollen shed, they are light brown to brown. Eastern White Pine cone and Tassel female flowers are found most often in the upper crown, primarily at the apical end of the main branches in the position of subterminal or lateral buds. At the time of pollination, they are green, and 5 to 38 mm long. The Eastern White Pine cone and Tassel male flowers develop from one to several weeks before the female flowers. Trees may start to bear female flowers when 5 to 10 years old. Learn more about the Maine State Flower...

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