LARCH

FAMILY: Pinaceae | GENUS: LARIX

TYPE
  • Trees
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

These conifers form slender pyramids with horizontal branches and drooping branchlets. Needles are 1 inches long, in soft, fluffy tufts. Woody, roundish, - to 1 inches-long cones are scattered all along branchlets. Notable for color in spring and fall and for winter silhouette. In spring, trees show off tufts of pale green new needles, bright purple-red new cones. In fall, needles turn brilliant yellow and orange before dropping. Winter interest is enhanced by the many cones, which turn brown with age and hang on to create a polka-dot pattern against the sky. Best in regions with cold winters. Not particular about soil. Plant with dark evergreen conifers as background or near water for reflection. Larches attract birds.

european larch

larix decidua

  • Zone US; USDA 6.
  • From mountains of Europe.
  • Moderate to fast growth to 3060 feet tall, 1025 feet wide.
  • Summer foliage is grass-green.
  • Branches of 'Pendula' arch out and down, with branchlets hanging nearly straight down.

japanese larch

larix kaempferi

  • Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7.
  • Native to Japan.
  • Fast growing to 60 feet or taller, 2030 feet wide, but can be dwarfed in containers.
  • Summer foliage is a soft bluish green.
  • Pendula has long, weeping branches.

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