Golden larch

Pseudolarix kaempferi

Photo/Illustration: 
John Glover
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Golden larch (Pseudolarix kaempferi)
Synonyms:  P. amabilis
Genus:  Pseudolarix
The golden larch is a lovely deciduous conifer whose lacy foliage turns golden in autumn. Its bright green needles are slightly larger than those of the European larch. Golden larch becomes a large pyramidal tree with an ultimate height of about 50 feet in cultivation. Its broad, horizontal branches are arranged in an open growth habit. In a big garden, it makes a neat specimen that never fails to attract attention.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Deciduous conifer with great autumn color.
Care:  Needs shelter from wind and deep, fertile, acidic to neutral, well-drained soil in a warm site in full sun. Minimal pruning, if any.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers outdoors in spring. Take greenwood cuttings in early summer.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
Over 30 ft.
Spread
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Interesting Bark,
Showy Fall Foliage,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Fruit
Uses
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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