Fisheries and Land Resources

Forestry and Agrifoods

Tamarack

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Leaves

  • about 2.5 cm. long
  • slender, flexible leaves in clusters of 10 to 20 arranged spirals
  • light green in color, turning yellow and shedding in autumn

Cones

  • cm. long erect and brown colored with about 20 thin smooth scales
  • maturing and opening during autumn, shedding the second season

Bark

  • a thin, smooth bluish-grey on young trees becoming rough with small, flat, reddish-brown scales when mature

General

  • a heavy, strong softwood
  • tamarack makes good railway ties, posts an poles, but due to attacks by the larch sawfly, its commercial importance has decreased
  • found mostly in swampy, wet places, it often grows with Black Spruce and Balsam Fir and can grow up to 12 m. with a 30 cm. diameter
  • it is characterized by the deciduous nature of its needles
  • in parts of Newfoundland, particularly the Avalon Peninsula, Tamarack, more commonly called Juniper or Eastern Larch, leans to the east due to the prevailing westerly winds

 

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