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Larix decidua
Larix decidua

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Zones A1-A3, 1-9, 14-17, 36-45
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Regular Water

Larix decidua

European Larch
Deciduous, Trees


These conifers form slender pyramids with horizontal branches and drooping branchlets. Needles are 1/2–1 1/2 in. long, in fluffy tufts. Except as noted, those of the species listed in this database are soft to the touch. Woody, roundish, 1/2–1 1/2-in.-long cones are scattered all along branchlets. Notable for color in spring and fall and for winter silhouette. In spring, these show off pale green tufts of new needles and bright purple-red new cones. In fall, needles turn brilliant yellow and orange before dropping. Winter interest is enhanced by the many cones, which turn brown with age and hang on to create a polka dot pattern against the sky.

Larix decidua

From the mountains of Europe. Moderate to fast growth 30–60 ft. tall and 10–25 ft. wide. Grass-green summer foliage, yellow-orange fall color.

Larix decidua ‘Pendula’ (photo courtesy of Monrovia)
Larix decidua ‘Pendula’ (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

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Branches arch out and down and branchlets hang nearly straight down. The plant has a mophead look: mature size is about 12 ft. tall and wide. Grass-green summer foliage, yellow and orange fall color. Plants sold under this variety name may actually be Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’.

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