Western larch grows in valleys and on the lower slopes of mountains in the southern Interior of British Columbia. As it is intolerant to shade it does well in open stands. This large tree can grow to 80 metres tall and 1.5 metres in diameter. Western larch usually grows in mixed stands with Douglas-fir, western hemlock and lodgepole pine. Larch makes up only 0.7% of British Columbia’s total growing stock, yet it is a very important species for producing heavy timber.