Tamarack Trees (Larix laricina)
Known properly as the Eastern Larch, this is a tree that is native to New York and is often found co-habituating with the eastern hemlocks that we are trying to conserve. These trees are a deciduous conifer that will lose their needles every winter, this makes for some spectacular fall foliage as the needles turn a brilliant gold color in the fall every year.
They are not seen as palatable by deer and generally are not browsed on, which can be advantageous if the landowner wishes to avoid. They do best in wet soils, but are tolerant to most soil types that are not extremely dry, doing well in acidic and oxygen deficient soils. They prefer partial shade, allowing the landowner to plant them in areas that are unsuitable for other trees.