This one may not quite fit with the series of “evergreens”, but it’s a fascinating case, qualifying it as one of our favourites nonetheless!
Tamarack (Larix larcina)
Tamarack, also known as Eastern Larch or Hackmatack, puts on a spectacular autumn display, turning gold before dropping its needles for the winter, making it a remarkable deciduous coniferous tree. It has short clusters of soft needles emerging from nodes along the twig, which are diagnostic in the winter. It is often one of the first pioneering species of a new site, or to return after a major disturbance like fire. This species is Canada-wide, found in every province and territory. It is a favourite for hares and porcupines, who eat the twigs and inner bark, while the cones and seeds are also foraged by birds, squirrels, and other rodents. The Algonquin name means “wood for making snowshoes”. The bark has been used medicinally, such as for treating wounds, and the roots have been used as rope.
Trees Please found only one Tamarack in 2017, in a backyard in Crown Point! Join us this summer to see if we’ll find any in Sherman or the North End.