Japanese larch Pinaceae Larix kaempferi (Lam.) Carrière Listen to the Latin symbol: LAKA2 Other Fact Sheets
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.

Looks like: Dunkeld larch - European larch - tamarack - western larch
leaf flower fruit twig bark form1 map
Additional Range Information:
Larix kaempferi is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting Japanese larch.
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External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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