European Larch

Larix deciduas

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The larch is not an evergreen although it has needles. Flat needles grow in bunches of fifteen or more and hang from gracefully curving twigs. Feel them; the needles are softer than those of most other evergreens. They turn yellow in the fall and drop off, and new needles appear in the spring. The cones look like hemlock cones but have no stalks. In Europe, the aromatic resin was used in medicines and turpentine.