Year of 2017

Tamarack branches with cones in Newfoundland and Labrador

Tamarack is found mostly in the boreal forests of Canada, which extends from here in Newfoundland and Labrador off the east coast of the North American mainland, all the way across the continent to the northern part of Yukon Territory in the west. But it does show up in some of the northern states of the US as well. The tree is incredibly tolerant of cold temperatures, and was so valued by the Algonquin people, that the name ‘tamarack’ comes from their language—roughly translated as the ‘wood used for snowshoes.’

Larix laricina, commonly known as the tamarack, hackmatack, eastern larch, black larch, red larch, or American larch, is a species of larch native to Canada, from eastern Yukon and Inuvik, Northwest Territories east to Newfoundland, and also south into the upper northeastern United States from Minnesota to Cranesville Swamp, Maryland; there is also an isolated population in central Alaska. The word tamarack is the Algonquian name for the species and means “wood used for snowshoes”.
Scientific name: Larix laricina
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Larch
Larix laricina range map
Natural distribution map for Larix laricina (tamarack)