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Niccolo Machiavelli

Larch bud breaking

A row of 3 foot larch in two gallon pots. Fairly typical appearence for midsummer.


Siberian Larch

Larix sibirica

This is one tough tree. In my first year of growing trees, I missed watering a pen of 160 larch. It was hot. It was August. Suddenly all but about 6 of the larches turned yellow, dropped their needles.

I used some words that can't be printed here on a family website.

I was busy, and didn't get around to emptying the pots to reuse.

Larch bud

Early May. Grass is starting to turn green, but no trees are leaving out yet. Brave little larch buds start to open

Larch bud

One week later.

Larch bud

And another week.


Siberian Larch This is about a 4 year old.


The following spring, what did I see: Green bits. They were about a week later than the rest of the batch, but nearly all of them survived.

So now my motto is that a tree isn't dead until it's two years dead.

Larch are unusual conifers: They shed their needles in the fall. Most conifers are pretty much static thorugh the year. Larch greet spring looking like a dead christmas tree with peppercorns glued on the branches. The black buds break open and initially there are these tiny tufts of pool table felt. The net effect from a distance is a thin green fog. The needles open up as pale green. As the summer progresses they get darker, and fill it a bit. In fall the needles turn yellow orange for about two weeks.

Compared to most conifers Larch produce very light shade. You can garden under the tree. Acid loving plants are best, as the fall of needles makes the soil acidic. Bonemeal can compensate.

Larch can be grown free form, or can be pruned into a hedge, I'm told. Mind you, I've not seen any one do that.

Guidelines

Features:

Zone: Zone 2

Size: 50 to 80 feet tall by 25 feet wide.

Growth rate: Medium fast. 2-3 feet per year.

Soil: Wet to moderately dry. Doesn't tolerate chalky or shallow soils.

Sun: Full sun preferred. Tolerates light shade.

Water: During first year. Drought tolerant.


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