Japanese larch Pinaceae Larix kaempferi
Leaf:Deciduous, appearing singly on new growth and in whorls on older growth, 1 to 1 1/4 inches long, green to glaucous blue-green in color.
Flower:Species is monoecious; males light yellow, small and round; females yellow to red, with long, curved scales.
Fruit:Cones are 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, almost round, cone scales strongly reflexed, flower-like in appearance, borne upright on the twig, maturing fall to early winter.
Twig:Reddish brown to glaucous purple, bearing rounded buds. Spur shoots present on older growth.
Bark:On young trees the bark is scaly and gray, later becoming furrowed with a reddish brown inner bark.
Form:Well formed, with a straight stem and pyramidal crown. Lateral branches commonly droop.