Western Larch (Larix occidentalis)
A large deciduous coniferous tree known to grow 98 to 197 feet tall and trunk diameters 20 to 30 feet. It has a narrow conical crown with main branches being level to upswept and drooping side branches. The needle-like leaves are very slender, light green, and up to 2 inches in length; they turn to bright-yellow in the fall and then leave the pale-orange shoots bare until spring. The Western Larch has reddish-purple ovoid-cylindric cones that turn brown when matured, and then often remain on the tree for many years and turn a dull gray to black. The cones measure ¾ to 2 inches in length. The seeds are an important substitute winter food for some birds. The trees thick bark and high canopy make it well adapted to fire. Native Americans have chewed gum produced by the tree as well as eat the cambium and sap, which can be turned in a baking powder or medicine.
*Prefers full sun, very cold tolerant
*Moist well-drained soil and moderate precipitation
* Western Larch grows best in higher elevations of about 1,600 to 7,900 feet on northern or east facing slopes
*98 to 197 feet in height with a trunk circumference of 20 to 30 feet
*Sold Bare Root
*Sold in bundles of 10