European Larch


tree
The European Larch was introduced into Britain before 1629. Its natural home is the European Alps and Carpathian Mountains.
It belongs to the Pinaceae. Early plantings in Scotland include Dawyck
1725 and, while damaged by gales some years ago, is reputed to be the
oldest British larch. The Dukes of Atholl from 1774 planted European
larch on a huge scale and including those at Dunkeld where the European
and Japanese species hybridised to produce the appropriately named
Dunkeld Larch. The venerable parent tree, planted in 1737 behind the
Cathedral, still stands. European larch, but particularly Dunkeld
Larch, is widely planted commercially in Scotland.