Five awesome things you never knew about the Siberian larch

Larix sibirica as it’s called in Latin, or the Siberian larch to English-speakers, this impressive tree has the capabilities to withstand the harsh Siberian winter. This is a feat that not many living organisms can claim of achieving. Such results alone would make the Siberian larch an impressive tree, but there’s a whole lot more hiding beneath that rough Siberian surface.

They also call it the Russian larch

There are many types of larches in the world, one of which is European larch. They belong in the family of pine trees, and the most notable of which is the Larix sibirica which is also called the Russian larch. The name is obvious and shouldn’t raise any eyebrows as this tree primarily grows in Russia (from the Karelian peninsula, all the way to Lake Baikal).

A tiny number of them are grown in North America

Some parts of North America have a similar climate to some parts of Russia. This is probably why people have brought a tiny number of Siberian larches to this continent and began growing them. Since this tree can withstand near-permafrost temperatures and conditions, it has been also cultivated in the deep Arctic – Greenland.

Experts say that this tree needs sunlight and is much more durable and can adapt to harsher environments than other coniferous woods.

It’s been used in construction since forever

Russians were the first ones (naturally) who adopted the use of Siberian larches for construction work. They’ve began using them in house, pole, railroad tie sleeper construction as well as in many other areas. Nowadays people from Western Europe and also the United States are starting to appreciate the tough and beautiful essence of the Siberian larch.

It’s great for décor

When you think about wood that’s great for construction and furniture, you might think Oak, Birch, Mahogany, Cherry or Walnut even, but likely not the Siberian larch. However, then you would be ignoring one of the most durable and dependable varieties of timber that there are. Regular Siberian larch timber works well in outdoor spaces as well as almost the entire interior of the home.

P.S. did you know that charred (meaning treated with fire) Siberian larch looks even cooler? Don’t believe us? Check out to see charred Siberian larch in-field!

Larches are very much rot resistant (pines also)

It has to be said that resistance to rot runs in the family. Pine wood is also quite rot resistant, but it’s still no match to larches which are known by those who work in building and construction to have amazing durability and quality-related properties.

BONUS FACT – you can taste it

In some parts of Russia, you can find a product made from Siberian trees (one of which is the larch) resin. That product is to be chewed and should taste like the best this tree has to offer.


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