Tamarack-Eastern Larch-Hackmatack-Juniper

Sold out at the moment. Send us an email at mainewood@lumbery-me.com to request inventory updates.

One Tree. Many Names.

Sold out at the moment. Send us an email at mainewood@lumbery-me.com to request inventory updates.

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Tamarack-The Affordable & Environmentally Responsible Alternative to Pressure Treated

Tamarack-The Affordable & Environmentally Responsible Alternative to Pressure Treated

About Tamarack

Tamarack is native to the northeastern United States and Canada. The heartwood is yellow to a medium orangish-brown and the sapwood is nearly white and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

Tamarack has a straight grain with a fine texture. It contains natural oil, which makes the surface look oily.  The high resin content makes it virtually rot and insect resistant.

Due to its light color it can be easily stained or it can be left bare and it will turn a weathered gray over time.

Traditionally, due to rot resistance and density, Tamarack was used for telephone poles, railroad ties, shipbuilding, mine timbers, trails, bridges and snow shoes.

E-mail us to place your order: mainewood@lumbery-me.com or give us a ring at 207-835-7023

Good to Know

If Tamarack is such a unique, useful and amazing tree then why can't it get noticed?

Despite its amazing traits there simply isn’t enough tamarack around to supply a large market…But the Lumbery has allocated resources to find enough tamarack to keep a smaller, more prescient consumer supplied with as much tamarack as could be desired.

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An Alternative to Treated Wood

“You keep samin’ when you ought to be changin'” – Nancy Sinatra : These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Tamarack is grown locally, sustainably harvested and 100% recycleable.

Here are some facts about treated lumber.

  • Treated lumber CANNOT BE RECYCLED.
    • Older treated lumber is much more toxic than modern day treated lumber(ACQ) but sorting the varieties is near impossible. So while newer PT is better for the environment there is still no proper way to sort, recycle or dispose of the material. There is also no way to remove copper from the wood.
  • Treated lumber cannot be burned.
  • Mining copper, which is used to treat wood, is awful for the environment.

Tamarack is grown locally, sustainably harvested and 100% recycleable.

Here are some facts about treated lumber.

  • Treated lumber CANNOT BE RECYCLED.
    • Older treated lumber is much more toxic than modern day treated lumber(ACQ) but sorting the varieties is near impossible. So while newer PT is better for the environment there is still no proper way to sort, recycle or dispose of the material. There is also no way to remove copper from the wood.
  • Treated lumber cannot be burned.
  • Mining copper, which is used to treat wood, is awful for the environment

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Affordability

While tamarack cannot boast the longevity of cedar or treated pine it is certainly more durable and definitely affordable. Please note that pricing is subject to change.

 ProductLinear foot pricingSquare foot pricing
Northern White Cedar5/4×6 decking$3.75$8.18
Eastern Larch/Tamarack5/4×6 decking$2.75$6.00
Japanese Larch5/4×6 decking$2.10$4.58
Treated Lumber5/4×6 decking$1.60$3.49

Affordability

While tamarack cannot boast the longevity of cedar or treated pine it is certainly more durable and definitely affordable. Please note that pricing is subject to change.

 ProductLinear foot pricingSquare foot pricing
Northern White Cedar5/4×6 decking$3.75$8.18
Eastern Larch/Tamarack5/4×6 decking$2.75$6.00
Japanese Larch5/4×6 decking$2.10$4.58
Treated Lumber5/4×6 decking$1.60$3.49

Other local, sustainable products provided by Lumbery

Notes of Interest Regarding Tamarack Trees

  • Tamaracks are coniferous but also deciduous; they lose their needle-like leaves every fall and grow them back in the spring. Weeks after leaf season has passed us by, the tamarack turns brilliant yellow and then orange, blazing like a torch amid the evergreens and fading, broad-leaf browns.
  • In the spring and summer the tamarack has bright green flat, soft, and flexible needles. They are shaped uniquely on the branch in a whirled cluster somewhat like a flower’s petals. The trees are easy to identify by their narrow pyramid shape and their location–they’re found mostly in swamps.
  • The fruits are small, round, and hang on the tree for several years. In the spring, the small cones are a deep reddish-purple color.
  • Eastern Tamarack thrives in wetlands where it helps to drain and dry out the soil so that trees like oak and pine that prefer firmer, drier habitats can get a foothold. Eventually, these more aggressive newcomers drive out the Tamarack.
  • The name “tamarack” supposedly comes from an Abenaki word, “akemantak”, meaning “wood used for snowshoes.”
  • Besides the needles, which are rich in vitamin C, the inner bark is a prolific source of arabinogalactans, recently in vogue as a prebiotic supplement and immune booster.
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  • Tamaracks are coniferous but also deciduous; they lose their needle-like leaves every fall and grow them back in the spring. Weeks after leaf season has passed us by, the tamarack turns brilliant yellow and then orange, blazing like a torch amid the evergreens and fading, broad-leaf browns.
  • In the spring and summer the tamarack has bright green flat, soft, and flexible needles. They are shaped uniquely on the branch in a whirled cluster somewhat like a flower’s petals. The trees are easy to identify by their narrow pyramid shape and their location–they’re found mostly in swamps.
  • The fruits are small, round, and hang on the tree for several years. In the spring, the small cones are a deep reddish-purple color.
  • Eastern Tamarack thrives in wetlands where it helps to drain and dry out the soil so that trees like oak and pine that prefer firmer, drier habitats can get a foothold. Eventually, these more aggressive newcomers drive out the Tamarack.
  • The name “tamarack” supposedly comes from an Abenaki word, “akemantak”, meaning “wood used for snowshoes.”
  • Besides the needles, which are rich in vitamin C, the inner bark is a prolific source of arabinogalactans, recently in vogue as a prebiotic supplement and immune booster.
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  • Tamarack grows throughout the northern U.S. and Canada, from Alaska to Minnesota, Wisconsin, into Pennsylvania, West Virginia and up to Maine.
  • In the northeastern United States, tamarack is characteristically found in open and forested bogs.
  • Tamarack do not love shade.
  • Tamarack, eastern larch or hackmatack is most commonly found in cool, swampy places, although it also grows on well-drained soil. It is found in scattered stands throughout the state. It can grow rapidly and is not tolerant of shade. In the forest, the tree grows to a height of 50–60 feet and a diameter of 20 inches. It has a regular, narrow, pyramidal head with small, stiff horizontal branches.
  • In northern Maine, the name “juniper” is quite commonly applied to this tree, but since juniper is the true name of another tree, its use for tamarack is discouraged.
  • Grows slower and in a harsher climate so it has tighter growth rings and tends to be more stable in service.
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  • Tamarack grows throughout the northern U.S. and Canada, from Alaska to Minnesota, Wisconsin, into Pennsylvania, West Virginia and up to Maine.
  • In the northeastern United States, tamarack is characteristically found in open and forested bogs.
  • Tamarack do not love shade.
  • Tamarack, eastern larch or hackmatack is most commonly found in cool, swampy places, although it also grows on well-drained soil. It is found in scattered stands throughout the state. It can grow rapidly and is not tolerant of shade. In the forest, the tree grows to a height of 50–60 feet and a diameter of 20 inches. It has a regular, narrow, pyramidal head with small, stiff horizontal branches.
  • In northern Maine, the name “juniper” is quite commonly applied to this tree, but since juniper is the true name of another tree, its use for tamarack is discouraged.
  • Grows slower and in a harsher climate so it has tighter growth rings and tends to be more stable in service.
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