The common European and American larches are peculiar in their adaptation to varied soils and climates. The American species grows naturally in swamps and the European in moist climates as compared to ours. Yet they both make rapid growth on almost any soil from the Atlantic to the Missouri. They are valuable in giving an expression of boldness which, as Downing says, ''seems to have been caught from the wild, rugged chasms, rocks, and precipices of its native mountains." But he adds: "It should be introduced sparingly and always for some special purpose."

But at this time we have in the nurseries a weeping variety (pendula), a Japan species (L. Kaempferi) with light-green foliage, changing gradually to yellow in autumn, and Larix Sibirica, with rounded head in open exposure and much denser foliage than other varieties and species. The latter appears to stand drought in the West as well as any of our native trees.