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Dwarf Japanese Larch 'Peve Tunis'

  • Scientific Name: Larix kaempferi 'Peve Tunis'
  • Garden: Lawn Alternatives Garden
  • Plant Type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist, well-drained

Plant Information

Native to Japanese forests, this form grows fast and upright in a pyramid shape. It's a traditional subject for bonsai.

Characteristics: Deciduous conifers – Larix have needles & cones & lose their needles in autumn. 12-15 species. Soft green needles spiral around branches. They look like flowers when emerging in spring. In fall, needles turn gold, orange & brown before dropping. Female cones are very decorative, sitting erectly atop branches. Many different cultivated forms exist. Many are fast-growing, tall & narrow while others weep to the ground or have contorted branches. Several dwarf forms are also in cultivation. Dwarf forms grow between 1-6" per year. Larix gmelinii 'Romberg Park' is a dwarf Larch that grows about 3 inches per year in a globe shape. In 10 years it will be about 2' x 3'. Given 20 years it could be 4' x 6'.

Size: Varies by species & cultivar
Problems: Larix naturally lose their needles in autumn. Folks who purchase Larch believing them to be evergreen like most other conifers are often surprised when the needles drop, and mistakenly think the plant is dead.

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LAKA Full, LAKA Branches (©2022 Cheri Moland)