Larch, or Larix, are unique members of the conifer family as they are deciduous, shedding all of their needle-like foliage in the winter months. Larch needles are soft to the touch and grow in clusters of up to 40 appearing as tassle-like tufts, creating a gentle and elegant feel. The needles turn a striking vibrant yellow in the autumn before falling in winter, exposing their pretty pink-brown bark.
Our selection of Larix varieties vary greatly in form. For structural impact, consider the upright, columnar form of Larix kaempferi Jakobsen's Pyramid, or the pendulous structure of Larix kaempferi Stiff Weeping, which looks as graceful when awash with masses of soft needles as it does when bare in the winter
Larix is a genus of around a dozen species, all of which are native to colder areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Larch trees were introduced to the UK in the early 17th century. They are unique members of the conifer family as they are deciduous, shedding all of their needle-like foliage in the winter months.
Interesting Facts About Larch Trees
- In central and north-eastern Asia, Larch trees are particularly significant for women who are struggling with fertility issues. Often these women will spend the night under a Larch tree in the hope that this will help them conceive - we do not have scientific evidence of whether it does indeed increase fertility but if you try it and it works, please do let us know!
- The wood of Larch trees is extremely hardy and is able to withstand the elements without rotting and for this reason it is commonly used in the production of yachts, fences and coffins, amongst many other uses. Impressively the city of Venice is built on large logs of Siberian Larch in order to keep it above water
- Smaller Larch conifers are often cultivated as bonsai trees, so that their interesting bark and small needles can be appreciated on a smaller scale
- Larch is a monoecious species, meaning it bears both male and female cones on the same plant
- In the Middle Ages it was common for European people to wear items made of Larch in order to protect themselves from evil spirits