Tamarack Larch Plug Seedlings

[a.k.a. American Larch, Eastern Larch]
[Larix laricina, Larix americana]

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Tamarack Larch plug seedlings are a unique species in that they are technically NOT an evergreen tree [an evergreen conifer], but are rather a deciduous conifer. Its light blue-green needles, which are longer than most spruces but shorter than most pines, turn a spectacular golden color in the fall.

They then drop to create a wonderful carpet of yellow, gold, orange and tan needles across the ground. These can be gathered up and used as a mulch or bark substitute around other plants in your landscape.

CLOSED for the summer, sales resume in late August 2024

In the spring, Larix laricina plug seedlings green up at about the same rate as leafy deciduous trees, and can reach a mature height of 65 feet. If shipped around mid-Oct or later, this species will sport either rich, golden yellow needles, just a few golden or tan needles, or no needles at all. By mid to late Spring they will break bud and begin sprouting new green needles, thus returning to their rich and fully green appearance.

Tamarack are quite hardy, so even if new Spring growth is damaged by a late frost, the trees will just shrug and start over. It is unlikely that they would die from frost. We’ve inspected Tamarack which at first glance looked dead, but if you start bending the trunk near the top and it snaps off, just move farther down the trunk and bend again, eventually you may find where the trunk is still green and does not snap. A new leader will start somewhere in that lower, living part of the trunk.

Tamaracks branch quite readily, so if the main trunk experiences die-off due to winterburn or other damage, a branch will quickly step in as the new trunk. If you see multiple trunks developing after planting, trim the less desirable one[s] to only half of its original length, resulting in those trimmed ones becoming branches. The tallest, untrimmed branch will take over as the trunk.

Other unique features of Larix laricina include its ability to handle extremely cold winter temperatures, growing all the way up to the Arctic tundra. Another is its ability to grow in low, swampy soils near streams and ponds [they like to have “wet feet”], so an ideal planting location is where the mud tries to suck your boots off. We grow them literally in puddles of water. When shipped they have rather short roots [4-6 inches] and cannot reach very far enough down to get the water they really need. Therefore a good rule of thumb is that one cannot overwater a Tamarack and should water them A LOT, because in a typical yard environment they need to have deep well-established roots or they may struggle in the first summer.

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Individual Packaging Options:
Plug seedlings are grouped in bundles or bags for shipping, but we offer individual plastic packaging, eco-friendly packaging, and cotton gift bag packaging for all sizes of plug seedlings, sold separately in matching quantities. These individual packaging services are available for plug seedlings only.

The seed-bearing pine cones of the Tamarack Larch turn from bright red to brown as they prepare to release their seeds. The wood is flexible and very rot resistant, making it a great choice for making snowshoes [back when people actually needed snowshoes]. Today Larix laricina is often used for ornamental purposes, and is also a favorite for bonsai. The word Tamarack is of Native American origin.

Although Eastern Larch Beetles are known to attack Tamarack Larch, the beetles prefer already weakened or dying trees. Healthy Tamaracks are generally left alone by pests.

Tamarack Larch plug seedlings: characteristics and info

• prefers hardiness zones 2-6
• prefers full sun
• mature height and spread: up to 60 ft high, 25 ft spread
• prefers swampy soils, wetlands, river banks, low areas around ponds and streams
American Conifer Society info on Larix laricina
Tamarack Larch Sizes and Availability:
--- Tamarack Larch plug seedlings [sold out till Fall 2024]
• Comparable alternative species: Bald Cypress [also deciduous, loves swampy wet soils], White Cedar [OK in wet soils]. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide

CURRENTLY SOLD OUT in this species in this size, see size and availability options above. Please consider joining our very unobtrusive email list to be notified when we begin selling and shipping this species in this size. You may also request a custom invoice to pay for and reserve these specific trees in your name for a future Spring or Fall shipping season.
Prices below include all shipping and handling and a one year guarantee*:
5-pack for $38.00 (5 evergreen plug seedlings)
10-pack for $54.00 (10 evergreen plug seedlings)
25-pack for $95.00 (25 evergreen plug seedlings)
50-pack for $159.00 (50 evergreen plug seedlings)
100-pack for $229.00 (100 evergreen plug seedlings)