Archives for Hackmatacks

The Nature of Phenology 11/3/18

Producers/Hosts: Hazel Stark and Joe Horn


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Hackmatacks are a coniferous needle-bearing tree that, from a quick glance, can blend in with the rest of its pokey kin in our northern forest. A closer look and feel, however, reveals that the stems are dotted with feathery crowns of soft needles that sit atop short spurs on the fine twigs of the tree. But kinship with its coniferous comrades ends here.