European larch is a great choice for specimen plantings or in groups for parks and large areas. Unlike most conifers, it drops its needles in winter. Bright green foliage in spring changes to medium green throughout summer, turning a golden yellow in fall before falling. This tree has a very high degree of salt tolerance and can therefore be used in the most exposed areas, such as along streets in regions with winter snow and ice.
- Deciduous (foliage falls off)
- Zone 3
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
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- Zone 10
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Road salt
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Large tree (more than 40 feet)
70 to 75 feet high and 25 to 30 feet wide
Tree & Plant Care
Disease, pests, and problems
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Native geographic location and habitat
Mountains of central Europe. It grows very far north toward the Arctic Circle.
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Birds such as nuthatches, finches, chickadee, grosbeak, and crossbill are attracted to the tree for shelter, nesting, and its cones.
Bark color and texture
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Soft, tufted needles are bright green in spring, changing to medium green throughout summer
- Fall Color is golden yellow
Larch is one of the few cone-bearing trees that loses its needles in fall and grows a new set in spring.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Small cones persist in winter