A deciduous tree of plantations, shelter-belts and parkland, grown in open situations, but not in very dry or waterlogged sites. It regenerates from seed freely, especially onto disturbed soil or rocky ground, and may become naturalised on crags. 0?660 m (S. of Garrigill, Westmorland).
L. decidua was introduced to Britain by 1629, and was formerly much grown in plantations. It was first recorded from the wild in 1886. It was greatly under-recorded in the 1962 Atlas. Though still planted for its timber, it is susceptible to larch canker and other species are now generally preferred.
Native to the Alps and Carpathians; widely planted elsewhere.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.