Introduced to the prairies for ornamental and shelterbelt plantings; some drought resistance.
Latin name:Larix sibirica Ledeb.
Type of tree: coniferous (introduced)
Bark (colour and texture): dark brown; scaly
Leaves (shape, size, etc.): needle-shaped; light green; soft, turning golden in fall and shed before winter; needles borne on dwarf twigs in clusters
Form: tall; slender; straight tapering trunk; narrow open crown
Height: 20 metres
Growth rate: medium
Fruit and flowers: winged seeds borne in cones 2.5 to 5 cm long
Soil: generally does best on well-drained, light soils
Limitations: new needles flush in early spring; needles turn yellow and drop in fall; appears dormant during winter; poor alkali tolerance; protect during establishment; not suitable for wet or waterlogged sites.