Larix sibirica

Larix sibirica - Siberian larch

The Siberian larch is native to the areas on both sides of the Ural Mountains. It is spreading west and the nearest natural forests can be found on the eastern shore of Lake Onega (Ääninen in Finnish) in Russia. The species grew in Finland before the last Ice Age and thrives now throughout the country. The straight trunk and fine branches make it an ideal forest tree. The crown is narrowly conical. The young branches are stiffer than those of other larches and seldom droop. In autumn it is the first larch to change colour.