Larch, Japanese

Larch

Larch, Japanese

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Larch

The Tree
A 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 Timber
The 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.

Drying
Dries fairly rapidly but with a tendency to warp, split and check.

Strength
Similar to European larch, but about 30 per cent softer, and 20 per cent less stiff.

Working Qualities
Medium - 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 Name
Larix kaempferi

Also known as
Japanese Larch

Wood Type
Softwood

Treatability
Extremely Difficult

Moisture
Small

Texture
Fine

Origin
Japan, Europe