Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, New South Wales. The dangling brown bits are old pollen cones, while immature seed cones are evident higher up. These are on a specimen only about 2.5 m tall, one of a group planted out only about 5 years ago, as advanced container plants. They seem slightly stressed, which may account for the early cone production. Behind is a hedge of Prunus laurocerasus
-- it's possible that massive root competition from this may be the cause of stress.