Larch Cladding


Larch is a conifer tree (softwood) of the genus Larix that grows across the northern hemisphere. There are about 10 species included in the genus, but the most commonly used for cladding are: Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica) and European Larch ( Larix decidua).

Larch is less stable and less durable but harder than Cedar.

Fun fact: Even though Larches are conifer trees, they lose their needles in the autumn, making them deciduous softwoods!


Here are the main differences between commercially available larch species for cladding:

Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica)

slightly to moderately durable

straw colour with brown knots

denser than European/British Larch

available in two grades: Unsorted (fewer knots) or Sawn fallen (more knots),

longer lengths


European Larch / British Larch Larix decidua)

consistent pale pink colour with dark knots 

slightly to moderately durable



And here's what Monty Python have to say about the Larch: