(Note: Though similar to the RL tamarack tree, 'tamarak' without the C is the correct spelling for the DR tree/wood.)
Tamaraks are small to medium sized boreal deciduous conifer trees. The bark of a tamarak is flaky and pink, with a more reddish hue often visible beneath the flaking sections. The leaves are needle-like, short, and a light blue green color that becomes bright yellow before they fall in the autumn, leaving the pale pinkish-brown shoots bare until the next spring.
Tamarak heartwood ranges from yellow to an orangish-brown. Its narrow sapwood is nearly white and is clearly demarcated from the heartwood. Planed sections of tamarak wood can exhibit a lot of interesting patterns in the growth rings, and knots are common but are usually small. The grain of this wood is generally straight or spiraled, and its texture is medium to fine with a greasy or oily feel.
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