tamarack buds
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tamarack in fall
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tamarack needles
© Pauline Catling, all rights reserved
tamarack bark
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tamarack cones
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Tamarack is a small to medium sized deciduous conifer. It grows across Canada from the far east to north east BC, with an isolated population in Alaska and a small population around Prince George, BC.

Blue-green needle-like leaves turn vibrant yellow in the fall before dropping, exposing bare twigs in the winter. The bark is gray and flaky, reddish underneath.

Commonly found in swamps, bogs, low wetlands, it is one of the first to grow as a pioneer species in a wet clearing, or after a fire. Tamarack is very cold tolerant and capable of adapting to diverse soil conditions.

Growing From Seed

Growing from seed is one of the most economical and satisfying ways to build a native plant garden. The table shows brief planting instructions, including how long and what kind of stratification this plant needs. For further information on stratification and seed preparation please refer to our article: Preparing To Grow Wild Plant Seeds

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Growing From Plants

Seedlings are a more economical option than established plants and an easier start than growing from seed. Our plants are shipped in soil blocks or plug trays. Plants do surprizingly well in the mail but need special care upon arrival. Please see Planting Mail Order Seedlings for information on how to plant and care for seedlings.


We currently ship within the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, and it usually takes 2-5 business days in the mail once shipped. Seeds ship year-round. Plants are generally available from May to September and can be reserved during off season; Shipping costs are calculated during checkout. Seed orders over $100 ship free! See Shipping for more details.