Lärchenwood - from the mountains or from the lowland

The larch wood there are clear differences between the mountain hoods and those from the lowlands. Which other differences in larches gives out which excellent features of this wood, and what else should know about larches, find out here.

Technical values

Measured value description Value
Raw density 0.44 - 0.85 g / cm³
Middle room density 457 - 463 kg / m³
Compressive strength 47 - 55 N / mm²
Flexural strength 93 - 99 N / mm²
Condensing value 4.4 kWh per kg, 1.700 kWh per room meter

Larch wood species and DIN designations

In the larches there are clear differences both between the individual species, as well as between the individual growth locations. Larchs from mountain regions are usually somewhat more stable, stronger and more durable than the larches from the lower areas. The most significant for the wood extraction is the euroean larch, besides, the American larch species and above all the Siberian larch still play a certain role.

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National labeling according to DIN larch
Short sign according to DIN La
International designations according to DIN EN 13 556 and short signs European Larch (Ladc, EU), American Larch (Laoc, Am) Japanese Larch (LAKM, AS), Siberian Larch (Lagm, AS) and the Darkfeld Larch (Laer, EU)



Larch wood can already be classified according to the place of growth based on the grain: mountain trees have very closely spaced, even annual rings, while the lowland trees usually have significantly wider and more irregular annual rings. The latewood zones can be designed very differently and also provide information about the hardness. With the very hard larch wood qualities, the latewood zones are about as wide as a third to a quarter of the width of the annual rings. Larch wood has no pores, but point-like resin leaks can be seen.


Sapwood and heartwood are colored differently; like sapwood, the heartwood is also yellowish-brown to reddish-brown in color, but it darkens significantly and is then clearly recognizable.


The larch wood from mountain areas in particular can be significantly stronger and harder than that from other growing locations. Larch wood has a very pleasant smell that comes from the resin. In principle, larch wood is also quite acid-resistant.

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Shrinkage and drying

Larch wood shrinks only moderately, and the risk of cracking is low compared to other types of softwood such as pine. As a rule, larch wood dries relatively quickly.


Unlike many other types of softwood, larch wood is very durable and quite weatherproof (wood from alpine trees is even more so). In principle, larch wood is also resistant to fungal attack and is also very resistant to insect attack. Larch wood is also very durable, especially under water.

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High resin content

As with many conifers, the sometimes quite high resin content of larch wood can cause problems when working. Staining or painting usually makes a previous resin removal essential.


Windows and doors are a very traditional area of application for larch wood, larch wood is also often used for floors because of its durability, as well as in furniture construction, especially when a rustic look is to be created. The predominant use is as solid wood, larch veneers are rather rare. Larch wood is also used industrially for chemical containers and in some special areas (cooling tower construction) because of its chemical resistance (acid resistance).


European larch wood usually costs between 650 and 800 EUR per m³ as sawn timber, Siberian larch wood is somewhat more expensive (because of its higher quality, durability and hardness) and is around 750 to 900 EUR per m³. The most expensive are Canadian larch wood, for which you usually pay between 900 and 1.000 EUR per m³ must be expected.

Here you will find an overview of all types of wood

Tips & Tricks Larch wood can be a good substitute for tropical woods and thus also help to avoid the unscrupulous deforestation of the rainforests. In addition, it is the traditional alpine wood par excellence and thus brings with it its very own rustic flair