Western Larch - Larix occidentalis
Tall (150 feet or so) and with trunks up to 5 feet in diameter, Western Larch is the largest of the larch species and historically valued for its wood. The largest stands are inland trees, growing in northwestern Idaho and Oregon, with smaller populations in central Washington. The needles are bright green and soft. The cones are brownish with rounded scales and bristlelike bracts. Growing from middle to high elevations, the Western Larch provides forage for several bird species. Intolerant of wet ground, it can survive very cold temperatures.