eastern larch / tamarack (Larix laricina)
Pinaceae, the pine family
How to recognize eastern larch. In many respects Larix is a typical member of the pine family, with its needle-like leaves and woody cones.
However it stands apart immediately by the slenderness of its needles, their arrangement in many-leaved bundles, and the fact that the trees are deciduous, shedding the leaves in autumn. Below, see a larch photographed in a fen in northeast Ohio’s Summit County in a recent early November, with just a few leaves still hanging on. Note that the small cones are upright (erect), an unusual feature in the Pinaceae.
Eastern larch (also called “tamarack”) is principally a far-northern North American species, something of a rarity in Ohio found only in a few kettle-hole bogs and similar saturated acidic or strongly basic (fen) soils in the northeastern and northwestern corners of the state. The photo below was taken in a nature preserve in Summit County, near Kent.
Scanned Image from an Old Book
(Flora of West Virginia, by P.D. Strausbaugh and Earl L. Core)