Day 65: yew pollen

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


I happened to glance at my yew hedge the other day, only to see it surrounded by a golden haze, shifting in the breeze. Yew (Taxus baccata) relies on the wind for pollination, a male tree releasing huge quantities of pollen – from the tiny cones clustered among the deep green needles – in the hope that some will make its way to receptive cones on a female tree nearby. Hardly an efficient use of resources, you’d think, but it seems to do the trick, even if those suffering from hay fever might wish trees could be a little more discerning in their love-making. 

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