Tamarack - Larix laricina

This larch species is not rare and grows in abundance in Eastern USA and Canada.  Its common name ‘tamarack’ means’ wood used for snowshoes’ in Algonquian because the native American Indians used the bark to make snowshoes.

The cones of the tamarack are the smallest of any larch species and start off a vivid shade of hot pink before turning brown as they mature.  You have to be around at exactly the right time in the spring to marvel at the pink rose buds though as they don’t stay that colour for long.  It is a deciduous conifer and changes colour from green to a bright yellow before shedding its needles in the autumn.  The tree is cold tolerant and can take temperatures down to minus 65˚C and is commonly found along the Arctic tree line at the edges of the tundra.