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Japanese larch

Larix kaempferi

LAIR-iks KEMP-fer-eye

Fissured and scaly bark bark is tinted rust-brown in winter. Purplish red winter shoots are covered in a waxy bloom. Gray-green or bluish green leaves grow to 1.5 inches long.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsMay reach up to 100 feet in height. Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.

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

ProblemsCommon: caterpillars, sawflies, and aphids. Prone to needle blight, needle cast, rust, and cankers.

  • Genus : Larix
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
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