Tamarack (American Larch)
At a Glance
Latin Name: Larix laricina
Other common names: Tamarack, eastern larch, hackmatack
Mature Height/spread: 40-80 ft. high/ 15-30 ft. spread in ideal conditions.
Soil / Climate: Grows in most soils including clay and limestone. Does best in moist, but well drained soils. Shade tolerant. Tamaracks are very cold tolerant.
Notes: Larch is a deciduous evergreen. Fast grower. The wood is used principally for pulpwood, but also for posts, poles, rough lumber, and firewood. It is also grown as an ornamental tree in gardens in cold regions, and is a favorite tree for bonsai. Needles turn yellow before dropping.
Wildlife: Grouse will eat the buds, seeds, and Larch is also used as cover for larger mammals such as deer.
-Wetland tolerant, preferred habitat
Bare Root Purchase Size: 1-2 ft.
USDA NRCS Species Information