Wonder if you guys could settle this, my father has a tamarack in his yard and he says its also called eastern hemlock. Now neither one of us is a tree expert, I can id maples ,oaks pine spruce etc. But heis quite sure he's right, but all the searching I've done says he's wrong. We live in Nova Scotia by the way. I need some help id'ing a tree in my yard it has some nasty thorns( 1/4 to 1/2 inch long) red berries and has leaves not needles, haven't got any pics yet. You guys rock! picked up so much info here its crazy, and thanks for the new addiction put a regency i2400 in this fall and bought 2 cords of decent wood.But now I see firewood everywhere! I have a good supply of pallets from work (heat treated one only). I also have been cruising around the area on garbage day looking for wood people are throwing out.