European larch

Larix decidua and cvs.

Larix decidua 'Pendula'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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European larch (Larix decidua and cvs.)
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Genus:  Larix

A deciduous conifer with a pyramidal growth habit, European larch has pendulous lower branches. In spring, needles emerge a shiny chartreuse, turning to deep green by summer and to sunset gold in late fall. Cultivars include 'Pendula', a weeping cultivar; 'Fastigiata', a narrow and upright variety; and 'Pyramidalis'.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

This native of north and central Europe grows rapidly, reaching to 100 feet tall and 18 feet wide.

Care: 

Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in a seedbed in early spring, graft in winter, or root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Cuttings are difficult to root.

Problems: 

Caterpillars, sawflies, and aphids are common. Prone to needle blight, needle cast, rust, and cankers.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

Larix decidua and cvs.