Larix laricina

Eastern (American) Larch

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Open and pyramidal with a slender trunk, horizontal branches and drooping branchlets. Slow to medium growth rate
Mature Height - 40-80’
Mature Width - 15-30’
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Monoecious, sessile; staminate yellow, pistillate rosy colored.
Fruit - Cones are small, oval, 0.33-0.6” long, 0.25-0.5” broad, pendulous, glabrous, green or violet becoming brown when mature.
Leaf - Light bluish green (pale green with 2 stomatal bands beneath), 0.75-1.25” long, 0.02” wide, 3-sided, strongly keeled beneath, on short spurs 12-30 in a bundle.
Fall Color - Yellowish in the fall.
Bark - 0.5-0.75” thick, gray to reddish brown, scaly.
Other Features -
Possible Use -
Season Of Interest -

Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Moist soils, makes best growth in moist, well-drained, acid soils; full sun; pH adaptable; Zone 2-4
Native Habitat - Northern North America, from the Arctic Circle in Alaska and Canada southwards to northern Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Illinois. Introduced 1737.
Diseases and Insects - Subject to Larch case-bearer, Larch sawfly, wood rot and several rust fungi.
Strength - Very cold hardy
Weakness - Mainly wild tree, okay for landscapes; less tolerant of cultivation then Larix decidua; intolerant of shade and pollution

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