Larch- back in the country, here’s another of the occasional series on conifers. The Larch, the only European native deciduous conifer, was introduced to the UK in the 17th century, planted extensively because of it’s fast growth-rate and resistance to rotting when used for timber. Thought to be enchanted, it was worn or burned to keep away evil spirits. It’s tufts of soft needles are a beautiful lime-green in spring and gorgeous foxy-colour in autumn, before falling, leaving lovely cones. Larch is good for birds (Siskin and Redpoll), Red Squirrels and many moths.