The Secret Sex Life Of Christmas Trees Is Impressively Weird.
Perhaps you got a head start on your Christmas by spending the weekend tracking down the perfect tree. And while it's sure to look mesmerizing, all lit up in your living room, conifers (including pines, firs, and spruces) have a pretty spectacular origins as well -- and it all leads back to some seriously interesting pinecone sex.
Granted, pine cones don't have sex in the way we understand it, but there are male and female pinecones, and they both have a job to do. In the video below, the production of new trees by way of male/female pinecone interaction is explained. When you see what the female pinecone does to keep producing viable seeds, your mind is going to be blown.
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