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Larix kaempferi

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring

Foliage

Orange and Yellow in Autumn
Pale Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Brown in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

more than 50 years


Preferred common name

Japanese larch

Family

Pinaceae


Larix are deciduous trees of conical habit, with good autumn colour from the soft, needle-like leaves which are borne in whorls on spur-like lateral shoots and spirally arranged on young growth; small ovoid cones persist on the branches

<p>L. kaempferi is a vigorous deciduous conifer forming a large tree reaching up to 30m with reddish young shoots bearing whorls of light green leaves becoming yellow and orange in autumn. Cones ovoid, erect, to 3cm long, with out-curved scales</p>

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any deep, well drained soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Sand or Clay

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Adelgids may be a problem

Diseases

Can suffer from honey fungus and phytophthora. Canker may cause dieback