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Subalpine Larch Larix lyallii


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Alternate name: Alpine Larch Tamarack

Family: Pinaceae, Pine view all from this family

Description Small deciduous coniferous tree. Crown sparse, conical. Trunk straight flexible. Bark thin, turns yellow-gray to dark red-brown with age, and becomes deeply furrowed with irregularly small, scaly plates. Branches horizontal, irregularly spaced, twisted. Needles pale blue green, deciduous; golden yellow in autumn, in groups of 30-40 on short spurs. Seed cones upright on twigs, 2.5-4 cm. long, red-purple when young, becomes dark brown wi h age. Scales thin, bracts narrow extending over scales, appearing spiny.

Dimensions Height: 9-15 m. (30-50 ft.)
Diameter: 0.3-0.6 m. (1-2 ft.).

Habitat Mountains.

Range Northwest, Western Canada, Rocky Mountains.

Discussion Bark contains tannin, wood strong, heavy, and durable. Young alpine larch have very flexible boles, which allow them to occupy snowslide and snow creep