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Our Winter Favourites: Tamarack

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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.

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4 thoughts on “Our Winter Favourites: Tamarack

  1. We had the City of Hamilton plant one as a street tree on our Third Road East property. It is a nine foot specimen in its second year with us. And yes, the fall colour is spectacular. We love seeing the buds/nodes burst forth with bright green needles in the spring. We chose it for a chronically wet corner of our property where nothing else has survived. Fingers crossed it will continue to thrive near the road.

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  2. Hello Trees People, there’s a gorgeous mature Tamarac on Cootes Drive going west into Dundas on the north side, just west of the Olympic Drive intersection. Thanks for these portraits, very nice! Susan

    On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 10:04 AM, Trees Please Hamilton wrote:

    > treespleasehamilton posted: “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 dis” >

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