Conifer tree identification is also possible by looking at the cones and branches to spot some subtle differences. Conifer cones are made up of scales that grow out of a center stalk.
All conifers have 2 types of cones – pollen cones and seed cones. The male cones (pollen cones) are similar on all conifer species and are smaller than the female ones (seed cones). The seed cones are usually woody and brown and can be useful in the identification of conifer species.