The American Larch, also known as the Tamarack, doesn’t mind the cold. Native to Canada and found as far north as the Arctic Circle, this conifer is prevalent in the northern U.S.
A member of the pine family, the American Larch has a pyramidal crown and grows 50-70 feet with a 20-30 foot width. It grows at a slow to moderate rate of 10-18 inches per year.
Noted for its sharp, pale, blue-green needles, the American Larch is one of the last trees to change color in the autumn. In November, its needles change to yellow and drop from the tree. The American Larch is also the only New England conifer that loses its leaves in fall and grows new ones in spring.
In spring, male and female flowers appear alone or in groups. The male flower is yellowish-white while the female flower resembles tiny roses. When cones appear, they are small, egg-shaped and bright red or yellow. They will turn brown and then open to release winged seeds.
The American Larch grows best in full sunlight and acidic clay, loamy, or sandy soil. Hardiness Zone: 2-7