Also known as Tamarack, this conifer is predominantly found in the northeast region of Washington, occurring sporadically along the east slope of the Cascades at elevations above 3,000 feet. Western larch is the only deciduous conifer currently native to this region. A vigorous, upright tree that can extend 150 feet tall with a trunk diameter of up to 3 feet. Often found as a pioneering species, good for use in open, disturbed, restoration sites. Grows best in well drained sites with partial shade to full sun. Seeds are eaten by several species of birds and mammals, and grouse eat the fallen needles. Its bright gold autumn color is valued in the ornamental industry.