Common Larch (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 turns golden yellow in November before falling.
Pollen and Seed Cones
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 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.