Native to the mountains of central Japan, the Japanese Larch tree has become a North American favorite. Part of its appeal is its colorful transformation throughout the year.
The Japanese Larch is a fast-growing coniferous that grows 60-100 feet. This cone-shaped tree has tufts of green needles, each tuft containing 30-40 needles. These change to vivid yellow before they fall in autumn.
The tree flowers in March and produces pinkish-red female plants and yellow male flowers. These will form cones which are initially green or purple. In fall, they change to brown and open, revealing the seeds.
In late winter, another color is introduced when the tree shoots turn red.
This long-living tree does best in full sunlight and should be planted in well-drained, sandy, loamy or even clay soils. It cannot tolerate alkaline or dry soil. Hardiness Zone: 4 to 6.