Eastern Larch or Tamarack Larix Laricina
Pine Pinaceae family

Leaves: Needles are commonly less than 1" long and are green through out the spring and summer then turn bright yellow in the fall, this makes them easily distinguishable from a distance. Needles are bound at the base and range anywhere from 10-30 or more needles in a bundle.

Flowers/Fruits: Tamarack's cones are very small about 1/2"-13/16" long.

Twigs/Bark: The bark is very dark and flakes off in small scales.

Form/Habitat: A medium sized to large conical-shaped tree growing between 40'-80' tall. Prefers acidic soil and will often be found in bogs or cool, mountainous elevations.

Interesting Fact: Tamarack is the only conifer in our area that drops it's needles in the fall, leaving warty spurs on the twigs. Needles are clustered on the end of these spurs. Out west tamarack is an important timber tree. Many species of animals eat the needles, inner bark, and seeds of the tamarack.


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