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Cultural Details for Larix laricina

Common Name:
Eastern (American) Larch

Growth Rate:
Open and pyramidal with a slender trunk, horizontal branches and drooping branchlets. Slow to medium growth rate

Average Mature Height:
40-80’

Average Mature Width:
15-30’

Flower Details:
Monoecious, sessile; staminate yellow, pistillate rosy colored.

Fruit Details:
Cones are small, oval, 0.33-0.6” long, 0.25-0.5” broad, pendulous, glabrous, green or violet becoming brown when mature.

Fall Color:
Yellowish in the fall.

Bark Details:
0.5-0.75” thick, gray to reddish brown, scaly.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Subject to Larch case-bearer, Larch sawfly, wood rot and several rust fungi.

Native Habitat:
Northern North America, from the Arctic Circle in Alaska and Canada southwards to northern Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Illinois. Introduced 1737.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Moist soils, makes best growth in moist, well-drained, acid soils; full sun; pH adaptable; Zone 2-4

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1181, 8733, 8734, 8735, 8736

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu