European Larch (Larix decidua)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 6b
Plant Height: 50 to 75 feet
Plant Spread: 25 to 30 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Needled
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
photo credit: H. Zell

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 22, 2017 8:46 PM

The European Larch is occasionally planted in the landscapes of the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic of the US in parks, on estates, and in wealthy neighborhoods, and is offered at larger, diverse nurseries. It is a good, reliable tree that is more adapted to landscapes than the American species, but the latter makes a fine tree too and is native to the region. (Native species tend to be more useful to native birds, insects, and wildlife.) It is fast growing of about 2 feet/year and lives over 150 years. The European species has curved needles about 1/2 to 1.5 inches long and about 30 to 40 whorled on each spur. It has a lot of small cones about 1 to 1.5 inches long.

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