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Trees of CLT: Tamarack (American Larch)

Size: 40'-80' (90'); diameter 1'-2' (3')

Latin (Scientific) Name: Larix laricina

Description: Along with European larches and baldcypress, Tamaracks are the only confiers that drop their leaves in autumn, creating a spectacular yellow panorama late in the fall. Tamaracks are medium-sized to large pointed-top tree with many slender needles 3/4"-1" long, on short spurs. On longer shoots, needles are single. Branchlets do not droop. Cones 1/2"-13/16" long and nearly as wide. Trunk bark dark, flaking off in small scales. An important northern timber tree (used for poles, posts, railroadties). Seeds, needles, or inner bark eaten by ruffed and sharptail grouse, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, porcupine and deer.

Range: Southern Wisconsin into Canada; east to Maine.

At CLT: Tamaracks are among the rarest northwoods trees in the CLT forest. The only known trees are located at the head of the driveway (C.R. 527) and just inside the southern boundary off Dave's Run-Off. No known tamaracks exist on the north side, making the planting of new tamarack seedlings imperative.

tamarak cone
Descriptions courtesy of Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Trees