Larch

Sunday, November 12th 2017

Larch stands with bare limbs throughout the winter.  The brown cones, full of seeds, are often visited by chattering flocks of Redpoll, Siskins and Long-tailed Tits.  March sees this only deciduous conifer begin to come to life.  Red female flowers appear first, followed by the deep yellow brown pollen covered male flowers.

Larch flowers

Soft fresh green needles stand out against the other dark green conifers.  By July the cones are well developed, only taking a year to mature, unlike some conifers that can take several years.

Larch cones

By autumn the needles finally turn golden brown and fall.

Fallen Larch needles

Blue skies highlight the autumnal colours.

Larch against blue skies

Larch colours agianst the blue sky

Dull brown cones full of seeds can easily be seen.

Cones of Larch


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