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Forum topic by isotope posted 10-19-2015 06:52 PM 486 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-19-2015 06:52 PM

Hi all,

I just wanted to share with you all a tree that I just “discovered”. It’s a golden larch.
A quick wikipedia read informs that it a deciduous coniferous tree. Which means that is a conifer tree that loses its leaves anually. Not a typical type of tree in New England.
Interesting enough that I thought it was worth sharing.


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#1 posted 10-19-2015 07:12 PM

If you enjoy that, look up pictures of a place in Washington State called “The Enchantments”. It is a group of alpine lakes and tarns populated with alpine larch. It is a very popular backpacking destination in the Cascades.

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#2 posted 10-19-2015 07:28 PM

“deciduous coniferous”... boom (Thats my mind being blown).

I thought that would be a lumber oxymoron.

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#3 posted 10-19-2015 07:36 PM

I would love to visit “The Enchantments”. Maybe next year, as we are planning a trip to Washington. The coolest alpine lake I’ve seen was in the Tetons.

SirIrb, that’s how I felt. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I don’t know how many other trees fall into that category.

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#4 posted 10-19-2015 07:48 PM

Magnolias, I think, falls into one of those hybrid kind of areas. Conifer. Maybe that isnt a cone but as kids in Mississippi they made great hand grenades.

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#5 posted 10-19-2015 08:14 PM

I suppose the bald cypress is in the same category.

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#6 posted 10-19-2015 08:23 PM



I would love to visit “The Enchantments”. Maybe next year, as we are planning a trip to Washington. The coolest alpine lake I ve seen was in the Tetons.

- isotope

Good luck getting a permit if you are trying to do an overnight. There’s a lottery in Feb-March for the summer permits. The Enchantment loop is 18 miles long and 6000ft elevation gain, 7800ft loss. So not something easily done in a day.

You could do the out and back to Colchuck Lake which is in the Enchantments in one day though. That’s only about 8 miles total.

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#7 posted 10-19-2015 08:29 PM

But you must have Tamarack/Hackmatack/Eastern Larch in New England. Loses its needles in the fall. Here in Canada just east of Maine our forests are bursting with them, and they add beautiful color to the woods at this time of year. It’s also one of the toughest softwoods that grow here, although seldom available as lumber (I can get it as lumber from a couple local sawyers, but only in green form, as it’s mostly used outside for its rot resistance).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#8 posted 10-19-2015 08:43 PM

I’ve heard of Tamarack before, but other than name recognition, don’t know much about it. I’m sure I’ve encountered them before. Honestly, this is probably the only time of year where I would have noticed this tree. Earlier in the summer, all it’s needles/leaves would be green and it would look like a typical conifer. And later in fall/winter, it’s branches would be devoid of leaves and it would look like a typical hardwood leaf tree. I wouldn’t know enough to recognize it by it’s bark.

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#9 posted 10-19-2015 11:57 PM

I use to cut a lot of Tamarack for firewood. That and doug fir are the best firewood out here. Splits like a dream, leaves little ash or creosote. It’s getting harder to find, especially since the USFS is locking up the forests. It is a beautiful tree in the fall and all summer long.

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