As stated previously, larch trees look like normal coniferous trees during the spring and summer months. Their bright green needles are soft and feathery to the touch. They are also quite small, only growing about an inch to two inches long with each cluster containing 30 to 40 needles at most. During these warmer months, you may find pink flowers in between the needles. These flowers will eventually produce cones that start out red or yellow and then turn brown as they mature.
When fall approaches, changes occur that make the larch tree so unique. Unlike most conifers, their needles will turn bright yellow or golden in color. The needles will then fall off the tree as you inch closer and closer to winter, ultimately leaving the tree bare by December or January. Don’t worry, though. Just like normal leaves, the needles will grow back by springtime.