Larix laricina - Plant
Common name: tamarack
Bloom time: Non-flowering
Height: 40.00 to 80.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
amarack trees may bear viable seed at 12-15 years of age, but open-grown trees 50-150 years old produce the best cone crops. Good seed crops are produced at intervals of 3-6 years. Germination percentages in nature often are very low, because of predation by rodents and damage by fungi or bacteria.
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 10 °C to 30 °C
Fertilizer: Apply Any organic fertilizer
- The best seedbed is warm, moist mineral soil or organic soil with no brush but a light cover of grass or other herbaceous vegetation.
- For best growth, seedlings need full light and a constant water level.
- Early seedling mortality may be caused by damping-off, drought, drowning, and inadequate light.
Tamarack is grown in cold areas, and is not recommended for the St. Louis climate. It is often grown in groups. Good fall color.
- Tamarack was employed medicinally by a number of native North American Indian tribes who used it to treat a variety of complaints.
- It is little used in modern herbalism.
- A tea made from the bark is alterative, diuretic, laxative and tonic.
- It is used in the treatment of jaundice, anaemia, rheumatism, colds and skin ailments.
- It is gargled in the treatment of sore throats and applied as a poultice to sores, swellings and burns
An infusion of the buds and bark is used as an expectorant.
- The needles and inner bark are disinfectant and laxative.
- A tea is used in the treatment of coughs.
- A poultice made from the warm, boiled inner bark is applied to wounds to draw out infections, to burns, frostbite and deep cuts.
- The resin is chewed as a cure for indigestion.
- It has also been used in the treatment of kidney and lung disorders, and as a dressing for ulcers and burns.
- Wildlife use the tree for food and nesting.
- Porcupines eat the inner bark, snowshoe hares feeds on tamarack seedlings, and red squirrels
- Tamarack is useful as an ornamental in very cold climates.
- Indians used the slender roots to sew together strips of birch bark for their canoes.
please consult appropriate doctor / physian befor use.
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