Larch (Larix)
There are a number of this deciduous conifer in this grove, all of them turning gorgeous tones of yellow in late fall. They typically grow best in full sun. Note the small cones that persist on the branches; only age or fire makes them come off. Washington state has three native larches: Western (see a tall one to the north coated with lichens), Lyall’s (an alpine species), and Tamarack (restricted to the N.E. corner of the state). The Western larch is valued as a timber tree.