Trees by Genus

Genus 'Larix'

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Larix decidua
Larix x eurolepis
Larix gmelinii
Larix kaempferi
Larix laricina
Larix occidentalis
Larix potaninii

Larix occidentalis (Western Larch)

Larix occidentalis

Also known as: West American Larch

Native: Western N. America from British Columbia to northern Montana

Location: Cultivated in eastern states of N. America and in Europe. An important forestry tree in British Columbia, producing a timber useful for construction, mine timbers and railway sleepers.


Foliage is made up of three-sided pointed needles. They colour golden in September and October.

Pollen and Seed Cones

Larix occidentalis

Cones open in March, males yellow and females red and green, about 12mm long.

Mature Cones

Larix occidentalis

Mature cones are about 25mm to 37mm long with long thin bracts sticking out from scales before they open. After seed has been shed the scales turn backwards on themselves and the bracts fall away.