Larix laricina
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Hardiness Zone: 2-5 Height: 40-80 feet; 12-24 metres Spread: 15-30 feet; 4.6-9 metres Sun: Full sun Water: Medium Wildlife: Various insects and animals feed on this tree including porcupines which feed on the bark and can cause damage to the tree. The tree provides cover and good nesting habitat for birds and other wildlife. Culture: Prefers moist, well-drained, light soils and a cold environment. Noteworthy Characteristics: Tamarack is a small to medium-sized tree with an often straight trunk and a narrow, conical crown. Its bark is initially smooth, gray and thin but becomes reddish-brown and scaly with age. The bluish-green, slender needles appear in dense clusters along the branches from short shoots. The cones are ovoid with short bracts and they mature to brown during late summer.