|Red cedar tree.|
Years later when I studied botany, I learned that the Eastern red cedar isn't a cedar at all, but rather a juniper, Juniperus virginiana to be exact. Furthermore, I learned that this conifer occurs as male trees and female trees. One tree will produce only male cones and the other tree will produce only female cones. Most conifers produce male and female cones on the same tree.
|Fleshy female cones ("berries") of Juniperus virginiana|
|Gin and tonic.|
The male juniper trees produce small yellowish, brown cones on the branches that will release pollen near the end of winter.
|Pollen cones of male Juniperus virginiana|
And that's your botany lesson for the day.