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Japanese Larch (Larix kaempferi (Lam.) Carrière)

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Introduced or Not Present

This map is based on our research. We have checked its accuracy to Level 3 ecoregions. Although this plant occurs somewhere in each of these regions, it may only occur in a small part of some or all of them.


In its native range, this species is mostly found in early-successional disturbed habitats with essentially undeveloped soil, such as on lava flows or avalanche debris, on local sites with sufficient moisture.

In North America, it is mostly found around where it has been grown in plantations; reproduction is limited to disturbed sites with less-developed soils. Pollution tolerance is poor, which limits its ability to establish in urban areas and along roads where suitable habitat might otherwise exist.

Overall, this species does not seem to be well-adapted to survival in the wild in North America, and rarely establishes robust or vigorous populations in the wild.


Widely planted in plantations. Also occasionally used as a landscaping tree.

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