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In spring or summer, larch looks like a pine or spruce, making a great backdrop plant and creating a wall with its tall form and soft green needles. But in autumn, it stands apart from its relatives as the needles turn bright golden yellow, then fall off the tree revealing its architectural branching pattern. In spring, it sends out new leaves.
Most larches come from cool areas and aren't suited to places that experience hot, dry summers. They grow best in full sun and moist soil. The trees don't tolerate drought, so be sure to plant them where they'll have consistent moisture.
how to grow Larch
more varieties for Larch
Larix decidua is a stately tree that grows to 100 feet tall and 30 feet wide. It puts on an amazing autumn show when the needles turn bright gold. Zones 2-6
Larix laricina is a large tree native to North America. It features bright green needles that turn gold in autumn. It grows 75 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Zones 2-6
'Varied Directions' larch
Larix decidua 'Varied Directions' is a unique selection that develops into a spreading shrub or small tree. The branches grow in irregular patterns giving the plant a distinctive shape. It grows 15 feet tall and wide. Zones 2-6
Larix decidua 'Pendula' is an unusual variety. Because its branches all hang down, it will only grow as tall as you support it. If not staked, it becomes a groundcover. It can eventually spread some 30 feet. Zones 2-6