European larch

Larix decidua

Origin: non-native

Type: deciduous conifer

Height: up to 35m high

Winter buds: yellow brown colour, oval shape.

Leaves: 2-3 cm needles in tufts of 30-40, bright green.

Flowers: male flowers are small drooping yellow cones, female flowers are upright pink or red cones.

Fruit: woody brown cones.

Distribution: ornamental tree found in parks and gardens.

Not to be confused with

Not to be confused with - Japanese larch

Japanese larch

Tell European larch apart from Japanese larch by the cones. Japanese larch has cone scales which open out like the petals of a rose. In European larch the cone scales don’t open as widely. (Judith Garforth/WTML)