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Golden larch

Pseudolarix kaempferi

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 CharacteristicsDeciduous conifer with great autumn color.

CareNeeds shelter from wind and deep, fertile, acidic to neutral, well-drained soil in a warm site in full sun. Minimal pruning, if any.

PropagationSow seed in containers outdoors in spring. Take greenwood cuttings in early summer.


  • Genus : Pseudolarix
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Fall Foliage, Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees

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