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Pseudolarix amabilis AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree or Conifer

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

Brown and Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

golden larch

Family

Pinaceae


Pseudolarix is a deciduous tree, conical when young, later becoming more spreading, with soft needle-like leaves colouring well in autumn, and ovoid cones which break up on the tree to release the seeds

P. amabilis is a slow-growing, medium-sized broadly conical deciduous tree with whorls of light green, linear leaves 5cm in length, which turn bright golden-yellow in autumn. Cones 5cm, green, ripening red-brown

Other common names

  • false larch
  • golden pine

Synonym(s)

  • Chrysolarix amabilis
  • Pseudolarix kaempferi (Lamb.) Gordon

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Good specimen tree, best grown in a lime-free soil in a sheltered, warm position

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free