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Larch, pine (genus Larix) that is unusual in being deciduous rather than evergreen, shedding its needles in winter, becoming completely bare. The several kinds of larch flourish in the Northern Hemisphere as far north as the Arctic Circle. The European larch is a source of turpentine, and several larches, including the tamarack (L. laricina), yield a timber that lasts well in water and is used for piers.

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