Estimated Height at Pickup: 3-4’, 3 gal
A.k.a. tamarack. A deciduous conifer! That’s right, in a move possibly made to solely to disappoint its parents, this rebellious member of the pine family has needles that turn yellow and fall in the autumn. Has a natural triangular form and distinctive foliage. Needs consistent moisture, cooler summers, cold winters, and does not tolerate dry soil or pollution. Because of this, it may not be suitable for central and southern Indiana, particularly as the climate shifts; wetter, cooler valley areas *may* be possible exceptions.
Pollination: Likely 2+ individuals needed.
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet, Wet Mesic
Soil Type: Peat, Loam, Sandy Loam
Bloom Color: -
Bloom Time: -
Fruit: Small cones contain multiple seeds.
Fall Color: Yellow
Root Type: Branching
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Hosts moths such as the larch lappet and larch casebearer, and a variety of small insects. Seeds are eaten by birds such as blue jays, pine siskin, and crossbills. Occasionally browsed by deer.
Notes: Previously very common in the northern 1/3 of Indiana.