are these the fruits of thuja or platycladus orientalis? could anyone distinguish the between the two?
Platycladus has the sprays of foliage strongly vertical and is more "ball-like".
Thuja cones are slenderer (less than 5 mm broad when closed), and without the hook-like bracts. The foliage sprays in Thuja are also more horizontal or drooping, not erect like this.
If you open the cones, Platycladus seeds are like small nuts 5-6 mm long and wingless, while Thuja seeds are slender, flat, and with a narrow wing down each side of the seed.