Larix occidentalis (Western Larch)
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
Cones open in March, males yellow and females red and green, about 12mm long.
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.