Plant Family / Larix - Larches
Larix (Larches) are deciduous conifers of conical habit, with outstanding fall color. Among the earliest trees to come into leaf in spring, their gray or blue-green needles turn bright yellow before being shed in the fall. Small, erect cones persist on the tree, falling long after the seeds have dispersed. Adding majesty and elegance, Larches make wonderful specimens in the large landscape.
Larix kaempferi 'Pendula' (Japanese Larch) is a lovely deciduous conifer that will take on many forms, mounding, arching or weeping, depending on training. Unless pruned, its branches will eventually weep to the ground and form a ground cover. The shoots are a rich to reddish pink on the new growth.
Perfect for very cold climates, Larix laricina (American Larch) is a small to medium-size, deciduous conifer of elegant beauty. It enjoys an upright, pyramidal form with horizontal to slightly ascending branches. Unlike most cone-bearing trees, American Larch loses its foliage each winter. Its light blue-green needles turn bright yellow before they fall in the fall.
Larix x marschlinsii (Dunkeld Larch) is a fast growing 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.