The Garden Guide

Book: A treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, adapted to North America,1841
Chapter: Section IV. Deciduous Ornamental Trees

Red Larch Larix Microcarpa and Black Larch Larix pendula in America

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Besides the foregoing species (Larix Europea) we have two native sorts much resembling it; which are chiefly found in the states of Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. These are known by the names of the Red Larch (L. Microcarpa) and the Black Larch (L. pendula), which latter is often called Hackmatack. In the coldest parts of the Union, these often grow to 80 and 100 feet high; but in the middle states they are only seen in the swamps, and appear not to thrive so well except in such situations. For this reason the European Larch is of course greatly preferable when plantations are to be made, either for profit or ornament. The latter is generally increased from seed in the nurseries.