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Mequon Campus Trees: European Larch

Name

Larix decidua

 European Larch

described by Stephanie Bucio

Photos

 

Winter form

 

 

Winter interest

 

Spring form

European Larch spring cone

 

 

Spring emergence

 

Persistence

Bark

 

 

Description

Description: This large 60+ feet deciduous tree has a beautiful Pyramidal form. It is medium to fast growth. This larch is most easily differentiated by its’ cone which is oval and about 1” and the scales are straight, not curved back. These cones can be a brilliant purple when young, and are stunning to see! When planting this tree, please keep in mind it does not like hot, dry environments and is not tolerant of shade.

 

Winter Characteristics: Current years twig is light brown. Has persistent cones and cute little spurs on older wood.

 


Spring Characteristics: Interesting young purple/pinkish cones. Soft green needles emerging from spurs.

 

 

 

 

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European Larch