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Pseudolarix kaempferi (Golden larch)

Pseudolarix kaempferi Photo/Illustration: John Glover


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Pseudolarix kaempferi Common Name: Golden larch 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.
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, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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