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Larch (Larix laricina)
Also known as: tamarack, hackmatack
General: Medium-sized coniferous tree; grows up to 20 m tall, with scaly bark. In autumn, the needles turn yellow and fall from the tree.
Leaves & Twigs: The long, slender branches have small woody stumps that produce the needle bundles. Needles, 1–2.5 cm long, emerge as soft green tufts during spring growth. Each tuft can have 10–20 needles.
Flowers & Fruit: Male and female cones can appear on the same branches, but observe male cones only for PlantWatch.
Habitat: Shade-intolerant and often found on moist to wet soils, Labrador tea is common on open peatland dominated by sphagnum moss and in open-canopy coniferous forests.
Sampling: Tag a typical tree for observation.