Names in other European countries: French: Mélèze; English: Larch; German: Larche.
Natural range: in Italy: Alpine zone. It is present in Europe in discontinuous areas of various mountainous zones: a similar species (Larix sibirica Ledeb.) covers vast areas in the northeastern section of the Soviet Union.
The tree reaches 40 meters in height with a girth diameter up to approximately 1 meter: in the older age specimens the thickness of the bark is always significant.
The yellowish sapwood, not very thick, is clearly differentiated from the heartwood, which is red, reddish brown or even purple: since it is mountain species, the growth rings are almost always not very wide. On the radial sections the pith rays, even though quite small, are perceivable due to their color. There is an abundance of resin, sometimes forming pockets enclosed within the wood.
Specific weight of the green wood: on the average 860 kg/m3; after normal seasoning: 650 kg/m3
It is used for constructive structures, both for building as well as roads, hydraulic and naval structures, various types of poles, heavy carpentry, floorboards, interior and exterior door and window frames, furniture, home décor, barrels and tubs, roof shingles, packaging for large loads.