Abies cones are borne on 1-year old stems. In this picture, notice that the upright central axis of the disintegrated cone is not located on current season growth, it is located on last year’s growth. The cones of fir are primarily formed in the upper portion of the tree, hidden from view by new growth and disintegrate at maturity. Unless it is a dwarf cultivar you may not even notice the cones!
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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