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One of the toughest softwoods, Larch is a hardy timber with varying characteristics depending on the type you choose. Find sustainable, FSC-certified Larch at EcoChoice.

What is Larch?

Larch (also known by its botanical name Larix) is a softwood which grows in colder regions. There are a lot of different varieties of Larch timber, with the two most common being Siberian Larch and European Larches. Though this is a softwood, it is by no means a fragile timber species. Because of the slow-growing nature of the Larch tree, the timber is still very dense and durable making it naturally well-suited to outdoor applications.

At EcoChoice, we supply PEFC or FSC-certified Siberian Larch, Euro Larch and British Larch to construction projects across the UK, including private, public and commercial builds – the vast majority of projects use Larch as a cladding material.

Siberian Larch

Siberian Larch (Larix Sibirica) is largely found in Western Russia, on the border of Finland. The timber is the colour of pale straw and often compared to Pine thanks to the light yellow hues and few knots. From both varieties of Larch we supply, Siberian Larch is the more durable option thanks to the harsh weather conditions in which it grows, making it a more hardy timber which is resistant to rot and insect infestation.

British Larch

British Larch (Larix Decidua) is a type of European Larch which grows in British woodland and plantations. The heartwood of the timber is a subtle pale pink layered over a creamy yellow undertone, with dark knots. As the tree grows in milder conditions than Siberian Larch, it is not quite as resistant but it is still a strong, durable timber. For external uses, though, it may require better fixings and offer lower durability than its Russian counterpart.

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A Note on Stability

It is good to be aware that Larch is not the most stable timber we supply. When exposed to moisture such as rain, etc, it can swell, shrink and split. If you are looking to use it in a humid environment, we recommend that it is kiln-dried to minimise warping, and it will need maintenance to keep it in good condition. 

Larch Products at EcoChoice

British Larch and Siberian Larch are both hardy, tough timbers which are well-suited to a wide range of uses. At EcoChoice, Larch is often used for cladding projects, but there is a wide range of applications for which we Larch can be used:

We are able to supply both varieties of Larch in standard measurements as well as bespoke designs. From unique lengths to specific profiles, we will be happy to work with your specifications to deliver the exact Larch products you need.

Sustainable Larch at EcoChoice

All our Larch (and timber) at EcoChoice is either FSC or PEFC-certified. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your sustainable Larch timber has come from responsibly managed forests, where conservation and the natural environment are prioritised. Working with local communities and ensuring that wildlife thrives, our certified timber is the best choice for eco-conscious construction.

Get in Touch

Whatever you need, our team at EcoChoice are happy to help. Start an order for sustainable Larch timber, learn more about our services or be matched with the perfect timber species for your project by getting in touch with us today.

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Case study: Siberian Larch cladding

EcoChoice recently supplied timber cladding for a project on the edge of the Peak District National Park. The building, which had been completely renovated, was clad in Siberian larch and the finished result looked fantastic.

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