Western larch is a fast-growing, long-lived, very large tree with a pyramidal shaped crown and horizontal branches. A deep, spreading root system provides good anchorage for these large trees (to 70+ feet) so they are likely to be a good bet against the wind. The bark is reddish-brown and deeply furrowed with age. Bright green leaves are needle-like, short, soft and feathery, turning bright yellow in autumn, eventually falling.
This is the only deciduous conifer native to Oregon. And it's a host tree for many nest-building animals that like an accommodating trunk, such as woodpeckers, flying squirrels, and owls. Don't be afraid to plant large trees if you have the space. We need them and so will our grandchildren!
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