The larch is a heavy wood, with different heartwood of variable color with the growth station from rose-salmon to red purple, turning then to dark red, with rings and veins well evident for the intense color of the late area.

Medium texture, straight or even wavy or helical grain, depending on the area of growth of the stems.

Technnological properties

The larch is characterized by a semi-hard wood, with medium shrinkage and nervousness, is resistant to bending and rigid.

The workings are carried out without particular difficulties, some limitation to the achievement of good results can derive from the presence of resin pockets, even of large dimensions, and for the high knots.

It is moderately to moderately resistant to mushrooms depending on the origin, is susceptible to insect attacks; impregnability is difficult.


Wood appreciated for outdoor use such as for constructive structures for building works and shingles, balconies and palisades, but also for uses in which the characteristic appearance is enhanced: floors, interior and exterior fixtures and furniture.

Typical defects

Small, but numerous healthy or sagging knots, abundant resin that sometimes forms inside pockets in the wood.

Technical details of the larch

Family European Coniferous Family
Scientific name Larix decidua Mill
Other names Malesus, Lares (I); Larch (GB); Mélèse (F); Làrche (D)
Geographic origin Pure or mixed forest formations with Spruce and Swiss Pine from the Alps and some other parts of northern Europe
Specific weight Medium Fresh 860 kg/m3
Dried 650 kg/m3
Sawing Easy except in the case of excess resin
Drying Easy, fast with risk of cracksplaning
Planing Easy
Glueing Easy
Nailing and screwing Easy

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