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European Larch

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  3-7

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  60-70' Height and 20-30' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Average

Plant Characteristics

European Larch

Larix decidua

The European Larch is a long-lived fast growing member of the Larch family. However, unlike most conifers which retain their color and needles year round, the green needles turn to a beautiful yellow orange in autumn. The needles of this deciduous conifer fall off at the end of autumn. In spring, soft new green growth emerges and the cycle starts over again. Consider an American Tamarack for wetter areas.

The European Larch is also known as the Common Larch.

The European Larch is a deciduous conifer whose needles turn a yellow/orange in fall and ultimately drop from the tree. The silhouette is interesting in form with large sweeping branches. In spring, new soft green foliage emerges and the entire process starts again. The European Larch may live up to 500 years or more. Perfect in upland areas. Suitable for low areas that dry out once in awhile.

Common uses for the European Larch:

  • Specimen tree with unique foliage
  • Fall color, needles turn yellow before dropping
  • Naturalizing upland areas around wetlands

The European Larch has minimal wildlife value, however grouse will eat the foliage and the buds. The seeds are eaten by Red Crossbills, and the bark and seeds sometimes feed porcupines, squirrels and hares.

Product Questions

When is the best time of year to plant a European Larch?
Question by: Sheila Lundt on Oct 5, 2020, 12:46 PM
Hello we sell dormant, bare root nursery items. We feel a spring time planting is best to help the trees establish roots and get growing over the summer months. We have no fall delivery option available.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Oct 5, 2020, 2:37 PM