In 1992, an International Larix Arboretum featuring larches of the world was established near Coram Experimental Forest in the town of Hungry Horse, Montana (location below). The arboretum serves as a symbol of global cooperation and increases public awareness of the world-wide distribution, importance, and differences within the genus Larix, and provides an opportunity to compare species, varieties, and hybrids.
The Genus Larix (commonly known as larch) is a prominent component of the boreal, montane, and subalpine forests of North America, Asia, and Europe. The genus has ten species: three endemic to North America and seven occurring in Asia and Europe. Larix is one of only four conifer genera that loses its needles in the fall. In autumn, the light green needles change to a bright yellow, adding a golden hue to these otherwise evergreen forests.
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