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Trees ( Needles In Groups of 30-40 )
Pine Family (Pinaceae)

Tamarack
Larix laricina

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 Eastern Slope Montane
Height:
 5-10 m

Description: Larches are unique in that they are the only evergreen that isn't. They are a deciduous conifer, which means that they lose their needles every year, much like aspen and poplar. The soft needles are in groups of 30-40, and grow out of tiny branchlets. The individual needles are 2.4-4.0 cm in length. The bark on young trees is smooth and gray, but it becomes scaly with age. The tree is similar to the alpine larch, but easily distinguished by habitat. If it is found at elevations lower than subalpine, it will be tamarack. In the Rockies, it is most commonly seen along the foothills, from the Red Deer River north. Fine examples can be seen along the David Thompson Highway.

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