Western Larch (tamarack)

Western Larch research on the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge by Calvin

WesternLarchCommon name: Western Larch (tamarack)

Scientific name: Larix Occidentalis

Info: Western larch is unique insted of maintaining their needles throught winter like most conifers do larches are deciduous conifers so they drop there needles in winter.

Growing areas: larch is considered “seral” meaning it is very intolerant to low light levels and is adapted to open disturbed sites. The larch is also considered the “Pioneer species” meaning it i the first to come up after disterbances like fire, landslide, flood or clearcut harvest.tamarack range

Seed Transfer: Western larch flower very  early a warm spell in early to mid march can stimulateflowering.Cones_Western_Larch

Growth: Western larch is the fastest growing conifer species in the inland northwest.

Range: The western larch is found in Southeastern British columbia to central Idaho, western montana, and Northeastern Washington.

Human use: Larch wood is valued forits strength and rot resistance. Also western larch is the most sot after wood for wood cutters it had the highest BTU’s so in other words it burns hot and slow.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Western Larch (tamarack)”

  1.   Mr Oon 25 Apr 2010 at 1:15 pm     1

    Calvin I did not realize that Western Larch is the fastest growing species in the Inland Northwest. To add a few pictures that show the bark, and a “buckskin” snag with the “widow maker” branch groups would also be a nice addition. Well done.

  2.   stevenecology1on 07 May 2010 at 3:15 pm     2

    Hey Calvin have you ever eaten it? it tastes kinda funny but good, It’s a good source of vitamin C However it is only eadable in the spring when it is young.

  3.   dylanecology1on 24 May 2010 at 11:24 am     3

    Nice page but my brother just told me that western larch is different from tamarack. Tamaracks have longer cones and are found more on the east coast while western larch is along the west coast that makes them techincally different.

  4.   Keeganon 09 Sep 2011 at 8:22 pm     4

    Western larch is as different from Tamarack as Red Fir is from Douglas Fir, in other words Western Larch is Tamarack.

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