The TreeA smaller tree than European larch, attaining a height of 18m to 30m and a diameter of 0.6m or slightly more, while the bole is usually not as straight as that of European larch.
The TimberThe colour of the wood closely resembles that of European larch, being reddish-brown with clearly marked annual rings. Under European growth conditions the growth is often fairly rapid, resulting in a generally lighter weight than that of European larch and averaging 560 kg/m3 when dried.
DryingDries fairly rapidly but with a tendency to warp, split and check.
StrengthSimilar to European larch, but about 30 per cent softer, and 20 per cent less stiff.
Working QualitiesMedium - Generally milder than European larch, with a tendency for the soft, early-wood zones to crumble and tear during sawing and planing. Cutting edges must be kept sharpened, when a clean finish can be obtained. The wood can be stained, varnished and painted, but care is needed in nailing to avoid splitting.
Latin NameLarix kaempferi
Also known asJapanese Larch