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European Larch

Larix decidua

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.018 W94 52.875

Trail Number:
G29

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Description

Family:
Pinaceae

Foliage:
Leaves 1-2 inches long, needle-like, sometimes with 40 or more located on short spurs, deciduous. Yellow fall color

Native Locale:
Northern and central Europe

Mature Height:
70 to 75 feet

Mature Width:
25 to 30 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 3a to 6

Soil Preference:
Prefers moisture, well- drained shallow, chalky soils

Growth Habit:
Pyramidal, with horizontal branches and drooping branchlets, slender and supple in youth but irregular and lacking in dignity with age

Rate of Growth:
Medium to Fast, 2 1/2' a year in youth, slowing with time

Disease and Insect:
Larch case- bearer, cankers, leaf cast, needle rusts, wood decay, larch sawfly, woolly larch aphid, gypsy moth, tussock moth, Japanese beetle

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Introduced in colonial times

Photos

Leaf - European LarchSummer - European LarchSummer '08 - European Larch