Eastern Larch

Larix laricina


The Eastern Larch (Tamarack) is the only native deciduous conifer. The tufts of needles give the tree a fuzzy appearance from a distance. Upper branches grow steeply upward while lower branches grow more horizontally. This specimen was found growing in a very swampy area on the west side of German Flats Road in Warren, VT.
The needles of the Eastern Larch are soft and grow in tufts consisting of many needles. In fall, the needles turn yellow or orange and fall off the tree.
Larch cones grow upward from the twig, but unlike the firs, the cones do not rest atop it. Mature cones are soft and somewhat spongy.
Larch bark is darkly colored and very scaly.


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