Maine Tree Club

Genus: The scientific name for the Tamarack is Larix laricina.

Height: The height of the tamarack can be between 50-60 feet. The diameter can grow up to 20 inches.

Soil: The Tamarack likes cold swamps.

Bark: The bark is reddish brown on the outer layer. The inner layer is a scaley reddish purple.

Leaves: Instead of leaves the tamarack has clusters of needles, that fall off in autumn.

Seeds: The seeds are 1-2 inches long and 2mm-3mmwide. The wings are 4mm-6mm long.

Fruit: The fruit is a small, straight egg-shaped cone. The cone is 1/2-3/4 inches long.  Young cones are reddish-brown and they get brown with age.

Wood: The wood is hard, heavy, strong, and thick.The wood is used for planking, timbers, railroad ties, and telephone poles.

Twigs: The twigs are very thin. Tamarack twigs are orange-brownish in color. They have smooth short branches.

Interesting Facts: The bark of this tree is used for making medicine. There is a female and male flower for this tree. Blueberries live under this tree along with the purple pitcher plants and  starflowers. Even though this tree lives in swamps it can be found in upperland areas. This tree can live to be 188 years old.