* Needles flat to slightly triangular, deciduous and turning yellow in
fall, 4/5-1 3/5".
* Cones oval-shaped, 1/2-4/5" long.
* Bark thin, gray, reddish brown.
* Height: 40-80'.
* Habitat: Moist to boggy soil, in boreal forests and bogs.
* Range: Southeastern Canada and eastern United States, as well as northwestern
* Tamarack is one of the only non-evergreen, needle-leaved trees. The
tree's widely-spaced branches allow shrubs to grow beneath them. An
enemy of the tamarack is the porcupine, who strips the tree of its
* A mature tree, one that is 50-150 years old, may have 20,000
* Native Americans used tamarack roots to sew strips of birch
bark on canoes. They found that roots collected from trees in
beaver ponds were the most pliant, slender, and tough.
* Naturalist John Josselyn wrote in 1672 that "the Turpentine
that issueth from the Larch Tree is singularly good to heal wounds,
and to draw out the malice...of any Ach rubbing the place thereof."