Botanical Name:Larix decidua
Common Name:European larch
Family Name:Pinaceae – pine family
General Description:Larix decidua has cones and needle-like foliage, so when the needles turn yellow in autumn and fall off, homeowners become alarmed! It might look like an evergreen but European larch is a deciduous conifer. Other trees in this category include Metasequoia (dawn redwood) and Taxodium (bald cypress). European larch is a central European species introduced into the United States during the colonial period. A large, broad spreading tree, it prefers cold climates, moist soils and full sun. It is not tolerant of heat, drought or pollution. The straight species needs a lot of room to grow but there are a variety of interesting cultivars useful on smaller sites.
Resources Consulted:Davis, Becke. "ILCA Presents-Deciduous Conifers: In a Class by Themselves." Landscape Contractor June 2003: 29-36. Print.
Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. Champaign: Stipes, 2009. Print.
Creator:Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper, Professor, College of DuPage
Keywords/Tags:Pinaceae, tree, conifer, cone, needle, deciduous, larch, European larch