Larix laricina - American larch, or tamarack

American larch, or tamarack, is easily identified, even from a distance, by its crown of slender twisting branches. The tree is slender and small in comparison with other larches. It grows quite rapidly when young but remains shorter and more slender than Siberian larch (Larix sibirica), for example. The tamarack’s needles are blue-green, turning to yellow in autumn, brightening the landscape before they fall. The cones are small, just a little larger than a pea.

Tamarack is worth trying on fertile sites with good light and moist soil. It is hardy, depending on provenance, up to and including Lapland.

In general American larch species haven’t done as well at Mustila as the eastern species. Unfortunately the provenance of the tamarack seed tried at Mustila is not known precisely, so another provenance might be more successful.