Other Common Names/Trade Names: None
Scientific Name: Larix occidentalis
Best Characteristics for Identification: Dense wood for a conifer, Very distinct latewood, scattered resin canals mostly in the latewood.
Uses: Plywood, Construction lumber, pulp
General Natural Range: Limited to the mountains of Southern British Columbia, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: Eastern larch(tamarack)
Other Species Easily Confused With: Douglas-fir
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Western larch is lacking odor whereas Douglas-fir has a distinct odor when moist.