Its fine needles make for an overall soft appearance, almost filmy.
Close-up view of the needles. Note how they grow in tufts of up to 20 needles.
Tamarack (along with European Larch (Larix decidua)) is unique in that it sheds its needles every fall. Just like deciduous trees, its leaves (needles) turn bright yellow before they drop. These are needles that have turned yellow and have been coated with an early snowfall.
Tamarack usually sheds its needles later than other trees and shrubs that shed their leaves. This means that it often snows while it is still clothed in brilliant yellow needles, making for a spectacular late-autumn sight!
A grove of Tamarack in winter.
A Tamarack in the winter, showing its overall shape and form.
Tamarack twig, after its needles have fallen. The needles grow from the bumps along the twig. Note that the bumps are smaller than those of European Larch (Larix decidua).
Tamarack tree trunk, showing typical bark. It is in small pieces that do not easily peel off. Note that it is not in plates like the similar European Larch.
Tamarack cones. They often persist into the winter. They are smaller than European Larch cones.