What is the kind of tree that have very tiny pine cones and had leaves not needles?

Asked April 15, 2018, 3:14 PM EDT

What kind of tree has very small pinecones and has leaves not needles?

Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. It is difficult to say for sure what you are referring to without a picture of the fruit (or "cones"), the leaves, and the whole tree. My best guess is that you probably saw an alder, which is a native, deciduous, broadleaf tree that has a cone-like fruit called a strobile. Here is a webpage with identification information:

https://oregonstate.edu/trees/broadleaf_genera/alder.htm

That said, there are many horticultural varieties of broadleaf trees that could also have cone-like fruits. If you saw the tree in a natural area, I would guess that it is an alder. If you saw it in an urban area planted in a yard, median, or park, it is difficult to say without pictures.