American Larch

Scientific Name: Larix laricina

American Larch Tree

Attributes

Deciduous

Plant Family

Pinaceae

Origin

North America

Form

Conical crown

Plant Size

40-80 feet tall, 15-30 feet wide

Description

The American larch, also known as the Eastern larch and the Tamarack, is, like its cousin the European larch, a beautiful deciduous conifer that drops its leaves in the fall after putting on a spectacular yellow display. The American larch was used in many ways by Native Americans and early industry, but has fallen out of favor with modern commercial industry. It is often used for bonsai.

American Larch Leaf

Leaves

Deciduous; soft and slender; three-angled; clustered on short spurs; needles occur singly on longer twigs
American Larch Fruit

Fruit

.12 inch seeds, .25 inch wing; small, upright cone that stays on the branch for one to two years
American Larch Flower

Flower

Male and female flowers in spring when the needles appear; male flowers are yellow-green, female flowers are red
American Larch Bark

Bark

Smooth, light gray on young trunks; with age become rough with thin, reddish-brown scales