LARIX DECIDUA – LARCH, EUROPEAN
This large but graceful, deciduous conifer reaches 60 to 70 feet in height with a straight trunk and a spread of about 30 feet. Form varies from one tree to the next. Foliage turns a brilliant yellow in the fall for a short time but long enough to make a striking landscape statement. The 1 1/2-inch-long, upright cones are clustered along the branches, making a showy display throughout the year. The reddish-brown bark is rugged and furrowed, showing nicely in the winter.
Larch should be grown in full sun on deep, rich, well-drained, moist acid soil where the trees can be protected from harsh, cold winds. The trees should not be planted in limestone soils and they are not tolerant of clay unless located on a slope where drainage would be excellent. Planted on an appropriate site, Larch will provide for a light shade and will last for many years. It is best to locate the tree where the roots can expand into the surrounding soil unobstructed by pavement, buildings or other urban structures.