Tuckamore is a Newfoundland term for gnarled and tangled stands of stunted spruce and balsam fir. Individual trees are dwarfed and weathered into swept-back, sculptural shapes by harsh coastal growing conditions. Most of the growth occurs on the lee sides, the windward branches having been nipped and wrenched by wind, salt air, and cold. Tuckamore forests are tight and prickly places, very difficult to penetrate.

Charles Frazier