Chuck says he likes tree ID, so that's what you get today. I've been saving these pix to do this anyway. This is sometimes called Tamarack, sometimes Larch. The European larch is not the same as this one, although they are both Larix. This one is Larix laricina. Note the fuzzy look and conical shape (although sometimes they just look oddly shaped).
The soft needles grow in tufts all along the branches, and even the main stem.
But, as you saw yesterday, they turn yellow in the fall and then all the needles come down for the winter. I'll try to get some pictures in the spring. There is hardly a softer green possible than a regenerating tamarack.
They grow in acid, wet soil... bogs.
Tonight I made a gallon of apple cider. Yum!
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