Here is the photo of the cone - which is rather unusual. Does somebody know the
name of the tree?
It is not a cone. It is a fruit, a seed capsule.
That is likely a southern magnolia (M. grandiflora), sometimes called a
"bull bay". A few other magnolias have similar fruits, but M.
grandiflora is generally the most commonly planted magnolia tree. There
are also magnolia bushes, but their fruits are often much more narrow.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
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