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Diana Japanese Larch

Larix kaempferi 'Diana'

Contorted branches make this smaller-growing larch a striking accent in the landscape. Soft, twirled blue-green needles turn golden yellow in the fall before dropping, leaving a bare, twisted corkscrew-like form. Makes a wonderful focal point as a single tree. Attractive when planted with dark green conifers and shrubs for color contrast. Deciduous.
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Water regularly, when top 3 inches of soil is dry.


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Botanical PronunciationLAR-iks KAYMP-fer-ee
LoreThe cones of Larix Kaempferi have reflexed scales which give a rosette appearance, almost like the petals of a hybrid tea rose, and are perhaps the easiest and most reliable way to distinguish this species from L. decidua.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 5 to 7 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth HabitWeeping
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Specimen, Windbreak
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsRed Maple (Acer rubrum); Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba); Azalea (Azalea); Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); European Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

Thrives in rich, neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soils with consistent moisture. Prefers cold winter, cool summer climates. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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