How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Larch—Larix spp.
Family Pinaceae (Pine family)

Plant Identification

Larch is a pyramid-shaped deciduous tree.  They have both horizontal branches and drooping branches. Reddish-purple cones are produced along branches in spring and hang on trees through the winter.  Leaves are needlelike and turn yellow and orange in the fall before dropping.   Larch attracts birds.

Optimum conditions for growth

Larch trees are often planted with dark evergreen trees as background or near water for reflection.  They do well in areas with cool summers and cool or cold winters.  They prefer areas with full sun and need regular watering.  They are tolerant of many soil types. 

Needlelike leaves and reddish cones of European larch
Needlelike leaves and reddish cones of European larch
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Pests and disorders of Larix spp.

Invertebrates

 

Diseases

 

Environmental disorders

Weeds

Vertebrates


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