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Western Larch Larix occidentalis
SUPERB LARCH THAT COULD BE A FIR
Often confused with Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), which is very similar, western larch is used mainly for building. It is ideal for this purpose because the grain is generally straight, there are few defects and the lumber is reasonably durable, especially when treated with preservative. The main problem is that it splits easily, which makes it difficult to nail, but it glues and screws well. Its fibrous nature can also make it awkward to work.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate softwood
Other names Larch, western tamarack, hackmatack, mountain larch
Related species Tamarack larch (L. laricina), Siberian larch (L. sibirica)
Sources Northwest United States and Canada
Color Narrow, pale sapwood and red-brown heartwood
Texture Relatively coarse for a softwood, with significant contrast between the pale earlywood and darker latewood lines
Grain Straight, with the growth rings very close together Hardness Soft to medium and moderately durable
Weight Medium (36 lb./cu. ft.) (580 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Widely available and not listed as threatened. Certified supplies are available.



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