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 kaempferi
Native to Japan. This is the most frequently planted larch in the West. Fast growing to 60 ft. or taller and 20–30 ft. wide, but can be dwarfed in containers. Summer foliage is bluish green. ‘Diana’ grows to 45 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide, with twisted growth.
Native from the eastern Mediterranean region to Iran. This mat-forming perennial is popular in northwe...
From the eastern U.S. This is the most widely planted species. Grows to 1–2 ft. high and 1 1/2 f...
Native to eastern North America. High-branched tree to about 100 ft. tall and 70 ft. wide, with a roun...