Now That’s a pinecone

Imagine a pinecone as heavy as a bowling ball and the size of a chihuahua. Believe it or not, such pinecones exist—and they belong to the coulter pine (Pinus coulteri), a conifer that can be found in parts of North America including California and Mexico. Infamous among loggers and foresters, this tree is nicknamed “the widowmaker” because of the unlucky individuals who met their fate as a result of its falling pinecones. This species produces the largest pinecones on the planet, weighing up to 11 lbs (5 kg)!

Photo: damontighe, CC BY-NC 4.0, iNaturalist

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3 thoughts on “Now That’s a pinecone”

  1. I would like to see that tree sometime–from a bit of a distance.

    I have a pinecone painted as a Christmas tree that is about 7 inches tall–and I thought that was impressive; but no more after seeing this one.

  2. They are colossal, and, at the least, will give you a headache if they hit you. Bake them in the oven at 300 degrees for a few minutes, and all that pitch spreads out and hardens into a beautiful varnish.

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