Need info on pine cone that looks like a wooden rose

May 25, 2010
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I am trying to find the botanical name for the seed cone from a cedar tree that looks remarkably like a rose bloom made out of wood.
We at first thought it might be a seed cone from a Cedar of Lebanon but we are not sure. I don’t have a picture today but could get one later this week. The cone is about 2″ in diameter and about 1&1/2″ tall, dark brown in color with thin “petals”.
It is not native to East Texas. Keith Kridler

2 Responses to Need info on pine cone that looks like a wooden rose

  1. Melissa Reading
    May 25, 2010 at 7:45 am


    UBC has the answer, found with Google via Yahoo Answers..
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    http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/forums/showthread.php?t=16591
    Cedar rose tree – Deodar?
    Q:  Years ago, I discovered a marvelous huge old tree on the grounds of an old hotel in Hampton Virginia. It’s cones were quite flat and looked like a carved wooden flowers. I’ve been looking for a specimen of the tree ever since. Shortly after I discovered it, the hotel and the tree perished in a fire. No one knew what kind of tree it was. Someone mentioned deodar cedar, but when I went to references on deodar tree descriptions, they show regular egg shaped cones. I’ve located pictures on the net of the flower cones and they are referred to as cedar roses on a few natural material craft sites, and again there was a mention of deodar cedar as the source. Does anyone know what my cedar rose growing tree can be, and a source for it. I really loved that tree and would love to have one. It was spectacular.

    A:  Could it be that you are only seeing what is left of the cone not the whole cone?
    Deodar cedar cones are wrapped tightly into an egg shaped cone. this is held together by turgor (water) pressure. as the water leaves the cones (i.e. the cones dry up or are roasted by heat) they will unravel spirally often leaving the last few layers attached to the base of the cone. this looks like a single or wild rose.

    At 07:50 AM 5/25/2010, Keith Kridler wrote:

    I am trying to find the botanical name for the seed cone from a cedar tree
    that looks remarkably like a rose bloom made out of wood.

    We at first thought it might be a seed cone from a Cedar of Lebanon but we
    are not sure. I don’t have a picture today but could get one later this
    week. The cone is about 2" in diameter and about 1&1/2" tall, dark brown in
    color with thin "petals".

    It is not native to East Texas. Keith Kridler


     

  2. Vijay Chandhok
    May 25, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Keith,

    Next time I am in Mukteshwar our place at 7,500 ft in the foothills of Himalayas, I will see if I can get some seeds. Lot of Deodar trees in the area.

    Vijay

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