Common Larch (Larix decidua)

Larix decidua

Also known as: European Larch

Native: Mountains of central and southern Europe

Location: Cultivated in plantations and shelterbelts or as an ornamental in Europe and N. America.

Foliage

Foliage turns golden yellow in November before falling.

Pollen and Seed Cones

Larix decidua

Male and female cones open in late March, early April; males turning yellow when pollen is shed; females about 10mm long curve round to sit pointing vertical and may be pale or nearly white.

Mature Cones

Larix decidua

Mature cones ripen from green to brown in autumn; they may be long, about 45mm or short and oval, 15mm to 30mm long, each scale slightly wavy.