Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

For the Love of Larch


I’m rather fond of larch trees, I like the soft zesty lime green tufts of new needles in the spring, as much as I like the gold haze they proffer in the autumn and a jug of branches laden with cones never goes amiss in the winter either.


If I remember rightly this is a Japanese larch Larix kaempferi,L. leptolepis but don’t quote me on that, as Spud the dog ate the label, so I can’t be quite sure.

This is the top of the trunk

larch bark 1-1

a little lower down it starts to darken

larch bark 3-1

And the oldest wood, is a gunmetal grey.

larch bark-1

We’ve got one tree in the garden, but across the valley in the Forestry Commission woodland there are great swathes of larch. Mighty fine they look too, in the setting sun at this time of year.

larch 1-1

I may have to go in search of a photo or two, time and weather permitting.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “For the Love of Larch

  1. What a wonderful looking tree, and I don’t recollect that I’ve ever seen one close up like that! xx

    It also reminds me that it’s National Tree Week soon

  2. Excellent photos ~ interesting texture to the bark and distinct cones. I was reminded of the Monty Python sketch 😉

  3. I like trees and always wanted a tree of my own. Eventually the wish was granted. It wasn’t anything as noble as a larch – just a flowering cherry – but it was the first member of my future collection.

    Unfortunately, after a few years the house, with my tree, was sold and the rest of the collection never materialized.

    I realized, though, that you don’t have to own things in order to love them, so although I no longer own any trees, I still love them and feel a special bond with them.

  4. Much to my surprise, I own quantities of trees, most of them ready to drop a limb on my head or my roof at a moment’s notice. Silver Tiger, you are welcome to a large share of them.

    Not a single one is a larch–we call them tamaracks–so I have to take a long walk to see those. They’re wonderful trees, always a couple degrees off expectations. I can’t imagine why I never thought to make a close inspection. These photos are an inspiration.

  5. What a lovely tree! I can see why it’s a favorite.

  6. Lovely images, and lovely words again!

  7. You are right – the larch trees are so beautiful now in autumn. Fine captures 🙂

  8. I love the dainty little cones and the stripey bark. I was surprised to learn that the larch is the only deciduous conifer. I wonder if it is terrible that such a beautiful tree reminds me (too) of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I can hear John Cleese’s voice in my mind’s ear, “The Larch.”

  9. I was popping in to say that for a long time I wasn’t sure if the Larch was a real tree because I had seen a Monty Python skit as a kid where the announcer kept referring to “The Larch” in a comic way. I see an earlier commenter had the same memory. I don’t think we have these in our part of the world. Thanks for “the Larch” (I am hearing a Python as I write that) education.

  10. Mrs. Uhdd, I am so glad you mentioned larch. I caught a glimpse of the autumn-colored larch today and longed to drive closer and photograph its spectacular hue. However, it’s hunting season and the larch were probably populated with guns pointing toward deer. I decided to stay away. Your post is the second best thing!

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