Larch is a deciduous conifer tree that belongs to the genus Larix and the family Pinaceae. It is native to cooler regions of the Northern Hemisphere, including North America, Europe, and Asia.
Larch trees are medium to large in size, with a typical height of 20-45 meters (65-150 feet) and a trunk diameter of 1-1.5 meters (3-5 feet). They have needle-like leaves that grow in clusters of 10-40, and their cones are small, woody, and cone-shaped, with a rounded or slightly pointed apex.
Larch trees are highly valued for their wood, which is strong, durable, and resistant to rot and insects. It is commonly used in construction, such as for building houses, bridges, and boats.
Larch trees are also known for their resin, which is used in traditional medicine for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The resin is also used in the production of varnishes, adhesives, and incense.
Larch trees are commonly found in mountainous regions, where they thrive in well-drained soils and cool temperatures. They are often used in landscaping and as ornamental trees, as their bright green foliage turns a stunning golden color in the fall before shedding for the winter.