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Larix kaempferi (Japanese Larch)

Japanese Larch


Larix kaempferi (Japanese Larch) is a vigorous deciduous conifer adorned with a round, straight trunk and long, horizontally spreading branches and slender pendulous branchlets. The crown is conical, dense, becoming irregular and more open with age. Unlike most cone-bearing trees, Japanese Larch loses its foliage each winter. Among the earliest trees to come into leaf in spring, its gray or blue-green needles turn bright yellow before being shed in the fall. They are spirally arranged on long shoots and are spirally arranged in radial clusters of 20-35 on short shoots. Small, erect, conical, violet cones mature to orange-brown before turning dark brown when old. They persist on the tree, falling long after the seeds have dispersed. The bark is smooth and red-brown on young trees, becoming scaly and fissured, weathering to gray with age. Fast growing and very hardy, Japanese Larch makes a wonderful specimen in a large landscape. It is adaptable to wet areas, tolerates clay soils and is disease-resistant.

  • Grows up to 70-80 ft. tall (21-24 m) and 25-40 ft. wide (7-12 m).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in deep, well-drained soils.
  • Watch for adelgids, honey fungus and canker.
  • No pruning required
  • Propagate by seed, sown from late winter to spring. Chilling the seeds for three weeks may aid germination. Propagate by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Graft in winter
  • Native to Japan

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 4 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Larix - Larches
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 70' – 80' (21m – 24m)
Spread 25' – 40' (7.5m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Heat Zones 4 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Larix - Larches
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 70' – 80' (21m – 24m)
Spread 25' – 40' (7.5m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders

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