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Japanese Larch

Botanical Name
Larix kaempferi
Min Zone
4
Max Zone
7
Height
70 to 90 feet
Width
25 to 40 feet
Flowers
Female flowers are .5 inch long and reddish, male flowers are smaller, yellow and catkin-like along the same twigs
Fruit
Cone: small, round, 1 to 1.5 inches, scales are curved back (reflexed) and form a rosette in appearance, persisting throughout winter
Fall Color
Gold
Light
Full sun
Soil
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Easily transplanted when dormant
  • Well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil is best, but can tolerate pooly drained soils
  • Intolerant of hot, dry or shady sites
Problems
Larch case-bearer, cankers, rusts, larch sawfly, Japanese beetles
Varieties
  • Diana - pyramidal habit with contorted and twisted new growth
  • Blue Haze - glaucous blue foliage
  • Blue Dwarf - short, blue-green needles, red shoots, compact shrub
  • Pendula - weeping form

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