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
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Common names
  • European Larch
  • Larch

Photo Gallery
Location: Muottas Muragl, Engadin, Switzerland, altitude ca. 2400 m
photo credit: H. Zell
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2017-05-09
Really soft needles!
Location: Heathcote Ontario Canada
Date: 2021  Fall
Larix decidua   Fsll coloured leaves
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-04-27
young cones and needles

photo credit: H. Zell

Photo by Jens Jãpel
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2018-04-14
emerging needles and very young cones
Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL
Date: winter in 1980's
grove of  planted trees in winter
Location: Heathcote Ontario Canada
Date: 2021  Fall
Larix decidua    cones shaped like roses
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2018-04-14
Emerging cones (fawn), young cones (red) and old cones (brown)
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2011-03-27
looking up a full-grown tree's trunk
Location: RHS Wisley, Surrey, UK.
Date: 2022-08-04
Location: Aletschwald, Switzerland
Date: 2009-09-13
Photo courtesy of: Sciadopitys
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Bonsai--trained since 1999, donated by Gordon Hoialmen
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Bonsai--trained since 1999, donated by Gordon Hoialmen
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2014-07-06
Bonsai--trained since 1999, donated by Gordon Hoialmen
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2010-10-02
upper part of a lone specimen in a yard
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: summer in 1980's
bark on a lower section of trunk of an old tree
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: August 2010
cones with foliage
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-02-28
lone tree in winter
Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 22, 2017 8:46 PM concerning plant:
    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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