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Photograph by Phil Schermeister/Corbis
Western Larch

Larix occidentalis

First Noted by Expedition
September 14, 1805, on the Lolo Trail, Idaho.

Very large deciduous tree with narrow, conical crown of horizontal branches. Height: 80-150 ft (24-46 m). Diameter: 1.5-3 ft (0.5-0.9 m), sometimes larger.

Mountain slopes and valleys on porous, gravelly, sandy, and loamy soils; with other conifers.

Southeastern British Columbia south to northwestern Montana and northern Oregon; at 2,000-5,500 ft (610-1,676 m) in north; to 7,000 ft (2,134 m) in south.

Western larch often follows or survives fires, later being replaced by other conifers. The natural sugar in the gum and wood can be made into medicine and baking powder.

Species information from enature.com

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