Sunday 29 October 2017

Western Larch

    It seems like as soon as you make some rule about nature that you discover some exception to the rule.  I grew up thinking that there were two types of trees--deciduous (they lost their leaves in the winter) and conifers (“Evergreens” they had green needles and kept them throughout the winter).  When I started working for the BC Forest Service I became aware of the Western Larch--the exception to the rule.
    We didn’t really have Larches in our forest district, they grew farther south, but I seem to remember that our district did an experimental planting of larch on one of our logged out areas.  Somewhere down the line, I ended up with a young larch tree that I planted in our yard, and it hasn’t had any trouble growing in our area.
    Larch is a conifer and grows green needles in the spring and summer.  In the fall all of the needles turn a golden color and then drop off, like deciduous trees.  The tree endures the winter with bare naked branches and in the spring it grows new needles.

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