A small grouping of western larch, growing among pines, attract a great deal of attention. Larches are different from most conifers because they're deciduous—their needles change color and are lost each fall. Only western larch (Larix occidentalis) and subalpine larch grow in the Pacific Northwest. These native Larches grow in the same forests as Ponderosa Pine and grow just as tall at high elevations east of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon & Washington, Northern Idaho & Canada. Photo © copyright by Robert Faucher.