Larix laricina

  • BOTANICAL NAME: Larix laricina
  • COMMON NAME: American Larch
  • FAMILY: Pinaceae
  • NATIVITY:  In the upper north of North America
  • GROWTH HABIT:  40-80’; Deciduous evergreen
  • HARDINESS:  USDA Zone (1) 2 to 4
  • OPTIMUM GROWING CONDITIONS:  Cool, moist soils with adequate sun. Often found in Sphagum bogs.
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS:  Climax
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  Facultative Wetland
  • LANDSCAPE VALUE:  Grows well in moist soils and bogs.
  • FOLIAGE:  Short spurs and light green in color, 15-30 in a bundle.  Turns slightly yellow in the fall.
  • BUDS:  Rounded dome like - dark red.
  • BARK:  Reddish gray-brown at maturity and rough.
  • FRUIT:  Green or blue-purple cones that turn to brown.  Flowers are sessile and monoecious.
  • PESTS: Larch sawfly but none too serious.
University of Delaware

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