Japanese larch (lat.Larix kaempferi), thin-flaked larch or Kempfer Larch is a coniferous tree from the Pine family, named after the German traveler and naturalist Engelbert Kempfer. Grows in a limited area on the island of Honshu, on Sakhalin in the upper mountain forest belt at an altitude of 2200-2500 m above sea level.
Feature of the tree: Japanese larch, although it belongs to conifers, drops its needles for the winter, like a deciduous tree. Photophilous, for good development of the crown it needs a large open area, but unlike other larches, it tolerates little shading. Young trees tolerate pruning well. Wind resistant, as it has a deep root system.
Maximum height of mature larch: 15-20 meters. Maximum crown diameter: 12-15 meters. The shape of the crown is wide-conical, the branches are curled up, lie in layers, at a more mature age the shape of the crown is uneven. Cones are conical, oblong-ovate, young ones are purple, mature brownish, 2-4 cm long.
Needles: collected in bunches, 15-30 mm long. The color is bright green in spring and summer, yellow-golden in autumn. In winter, the needles crumble. Growth rate per year: mature larch - 25 cm in height and 10-15 cm in width.
Location: In an open space, not adjacent to other trees. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil, poorly develops on poor soils. Does not tolerate waterlogging. Drought-resistant.
Applied: in single and group plantings as a hedge, well-tolerated haircut. unpretentious, resistant to urban conditions. Also cultivated as bonsai.
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