Conifer Collection

Conifer Collection

Conifers are some of the earliest seed-bearing plants. Rather than flowers or fruit, these gymnosperms produce cones with seeds that get dispersed by wind. Most conifers are evergreen and provide shelter and protection for wildlife, especially during winter months. This collection displays the ways in which the shape, texture, and size of conifers can vary widely, from a towering giant sequoia to weeping hemlocks and dwarf spruces.

The bottom of a trunk of a large tree stands on a gently sloped hill covered in green ivy, with dark-green branches of conifer needles in the foreground.
Conifers in early spring. Photo by Steven Severinghaus.
Image, top of page: Michael Stewart