Larix or Larch Trees
A group of evergreen and deciduous trees Larix are commonly called Larch trees. Used widely as feature trees, they are also a species that make great specimens for bonsai.
A deciduous conifer, Larix decidua is the ‘European Larch’ and is available in weeping forms. ‘Julians Weeper’ is the most sought after cultivar with soft new foliage in spring and a graceful weeping habit. It can be trained with some support and pruning when young to grow as a medium sized tree. Its natural habit is more mound forming, making a wonderful large ground cover. Foliage turns a golden yellow in autumn.
Larix occidentalis is from Northern America and is sometimes used for Bonsai.
Generally regarded as a cooler climate tree, a number of varieties are available in Australia from specialist nurseries.
Larix or ‘Larch’, with a range of forms :
- L. decidua (the european larch) which is a large deciduous conifer with pale green needles. Look for the form L. decidua ‘Julians Weeper’.
- L. decidua pendula with its weeping habit is excellent for medium sized gardens. Fairly rare, however an interesting tree that can be supported to create a weeping effect, or grown unsupported and allowed to form a mound. Perhaps try this one where it can weep down over a retaining wall.
- L. kaempferi is the ‘Japanese Larch’ a more conical form, as well a dwarf form suitable for Bonsai. Very good autumn tones.
- L. laricina also known as the Tamarack, rarely offered in Australia.
Larix or ‘Larch’ trees are available for sale from the following nurseries
'Justly famous for rare and unusual plants' Don Teese
34 Mt Pleasant Rd Monbulk VIC 3793
CNR Sherbrooke & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds Ferny Creek. VIC 3786
Conifers, Magnolias, Maples, Dogwoods and Buxus.
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
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