European Larch

Larix decidua Pinaceae

Other names

Common Larch

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Alps, Carpathians, Czechoslovakia


Beech Collection, Comstock Knoll and Rhododendron Collection, Conifer Slope

Source of plant

Greer Gardens, Arnold Arboretum, Saratoga Tree Nursery, Claude Heit, Princeton Nurseries


Pyramidal tree with horizontal branches and drooping branchlets, slender and supple in youth, but irregular and lacking in dignity with age, reaching 70' to 75' in height, 25' to 30' in width; can attain 100' to 140' in height. Fall color ochre yellow, often spectacular. Difficult to distinguish from L. kaempferi but hasnarrower needles, and cones without reflexed scales.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

fall color