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December - Common or European Larch (Larix decidua)


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The Larch is the only deciduous (sheds its leaves in autumn) conifer. A native to the Alps, it is now cultivated throughout Europe. It grows to 40 meters and has a thin set crown. In old trees the bark is deeply furrowed. The needles are borne in clusters on older twigs. The tree flowers in early April and in Autumn it bears ovoid cones. The tree begins to produce seeds by the time it is 15 years of age. It is a sun loving, frost resistant, fast growing tree. It's wood is used for building boats, paneling and furniture. Pictured at Cople Woods, Bedfordshire -early December 2005.

19th Feb 2006 by Diane Earl

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