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 CharacteristicsThis native of north and central Europe grows rapidly, reaching to 100 feet tall and 18 feet wide.
CareTolerates a wide range of growing conditions.
PropagationSow seed in a seedbed in early spring, graft in winter, or root semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Cuttings are difficult to root.
ProblemsCaterpillars, sawflies, and aphids are common. Prone to needle blight, needle cast, rust, and cankers.
- Genus : Larix
- Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
- Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6
- Plant Height : 30 feet or more
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Light : Full Sun
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
- Plant Type : Trees