Larix kaempferi Wolterdingen

Available early May-very limited

Larix kaempferi  'Wolterdingen' photo courtesy of Iseli Nursery

Japanese Larch

The compact, spreading Larix kaempferi ‘Wolterdingen’ provides exceptional seasonal interest for small landscapes and rock gardens.  In early spring, soft, new, blue-green needles emerge and continue to decorate the delicate mound through the growing season.  In fall, needles change to rich butter yellow before they fall to show off ornamental, reddish brown branches with scales reminiscent of an armadillo’s armor.  Discovered in a park in Wolterdingen, Germany in 1970, by G. Horstmann.

  • Height: 91-121 cm (3-4 ft)
  • Spread: 1.5-2.4 cm (5-8 ft)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: full sun
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Shape: spreading

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Larch is quite adaptable to a range of soil types but does need constant moisture.  It will require regular watering during the growing season unless it is growing in a very damp site.  It is not drought tolerant and will drop its needles if allowed to dry out.  It looks its best if it is not pruned but allowed to develop its own unique form.