Larch Tree – probably European Larch (Larix decidua)

21 March

The native larch tree here is the Tamarack or American larch (Larix latricina) though I believe this is a very fine and mature species of the European Larch (Larix decidua). It’s about as tall as they get, well over 40m and must have been growing in this corner of the garden for many years before any houses were built. How did it escape being felled? European larch can grow on drier soils and tolerate warmer climates than the native tamarack, being better suited to non-boreal climates and so was once quite widely cultivated by foresters.

Larches are unusual in being deciduous conifers with the leaves turning a subtle yellow in the fall before falling.