Tamarack is special due to it being both both coniferous and deciduous - it drops its needles every year. The fall color of tamarack is a brilliant yellow, late in the season when most other colors are gone. Tamarack grows mostly in moist bog type soils in the Boreal Forest of Eastern Canada and in the U.S. from the Lake States to Maine.
Tamarack wood is dense, strong, and has a pleasing uniform tan color. Tamarack wood has small sound knots, because the limbs grow right to the ground and typically do not self-prune.
Tamarack from MTM is used primarily for Narrow Strip Flooring, Medium Width Plank Flooring, and Paneling (Center-match, Shiplap, Nickel Gap, V-groove). Tamarack has excellent natural weathering capabilities and can be used for exterior Decking, Siding, Soffit, and Shingles. It is offered in Premium and Rustic Grades.
Elegant selection with consistent grain, minimal small knots, and overall smooth character. Excellent choice for a more refined look.
Varying amounts of excellent tight characteristics including medium size knots, streaks, bark pockets, and grain variation. This grade is excellent for a higher character look than Select, but not entirely Rustic either.
This exciting grade provides the highest degree of character, with a wide range of knot sizes, streaks, a few holes and torn knots, and occasional heavy bark deposits. Rustic grade can appear a bit "loose" when unfinished, but with Prefinish applied the character holds together beautifully and really pops. This grade continues to grow in popularity, even in high end applications.
MTM is able to mix the grades in any combination to give you the exact look you are after. Some species (such as Elm) are limited in quantity and are only offered as a full mix of grades. A few species are unavailable in Select grade due to the natural characteristics of the tree (Tamarack).