Larix D. ' Pendula ' Weeping Larch...small garden area

cadillactasteJuly 18, 2014

I keep on finding contradictory mature size of this tree online. When we were at the nursery...the tree guy was gone for the day, the staff didn't know much about it.

I am afraid of the mature size...I've seen anywhere from 8-15' wide...which is a huge difference...but even 8' wide seems unattainable for my yard. Yet one site even boasted this was great for small yards. ???

Anyone who could shed some light on the matter?

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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Weeping Japanese larch, the common one sold as European is actually Japanese. And the one in the picture looks to be this kind. You can prune to control size.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 10:56PM
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Bboy...thank you! I really loved this tree. Again...before getting hopeful I wanted to learn more.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 3:05AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i dont like how small the pot is for the tree size ...

this plant will never get taller.. unless you train it higher ... in terms of a leader .... though it will slowly heap upon itself ... to some extent ...

it can take very hard pruning.. to make it into any shape or form you want ....

i would not buy that plant ... you might find it hard to properly stake once planted with that small rot mass ... and the stake there is useless ..

i would guess.. w/o looking it up.. it will grow at least a foot a year ... if not more .. i really dont understand its current flush of growth at this time ... perhaps a shorter second flush?????

i would suggest something in the 3 foot range .... and train it higher if you want such ...

the name you give is: Larix Decidua ' Pendula ' .. see link

bboy suggest L. kaempferi Pendula ... change goggle search term .. and note there is little difference to most peeps ... except for some minor twig coloration and cone differences [yes resin.. i know thats heresy .. lol]

they are really cool deciduous conifers ... do get one.. perhaps skip this one ...


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 8:25AM
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This photo was taken 6/21 does that make a difference with the flush? Back when I bought the spiral weeping cherry. I have been trying to just research it...curious if the top gets the width size or if it's the length that pools at the base they are measuring.

If I chose to find one say spring of next won't be until mid June. With our plans to be out of the country for two weeks around the beginning of June. Is this bad planning...should fall be a better course of action to take?

Contemplating replacing the forsythia with something like this...your saying 3'...the reason that the root ball would be more appropriate for the canopy?

I had thought on having some goofy spectacles/glasses on a stake made for it. For quirkiness...I could maybe secure the tree if need be to said scrap art piece? (If I do decide to do such a thing)

I had thought to plant one back by our waterfall...but...I am not seeing where this is juglone tolerant. So that can't be done. The only other place would be where the forsythia is located.

Ken...the one you are telling me to do get is the one I posted about and is in the link you attached...not the one that bboy mentioned...correct?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:16AM
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ken, cadi referred to mature size.

cadi , I like goofy
guy down the road as one kinda old,,seems to be mounding on the top, with weepers getting longer,,,NICE

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 9:08PM
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Thanks Ron...I am starting to wonder...if the mature width isn't the weepers as you are call them,that are getting long and spreading out. The taller the tree the less wide it would be pooling at the base of the tree. Which would allow for such drastic differences in widths as I am finding online for information on this particular conifer.

If you get a chance...grab a photo of that old guy for me would you?

If it wasn't for the mature width...I would have had one planted in my yard earlier this year. But...I really do not wish to get one that won't work for the space long term. That I have read these make great for small areas. Makes me think...just pruning involved where it pools at the base is all one needs to do to keep them contained. Allowing it to stretch as far as you choose.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 7:49AM
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Weeping European Larch ( Larix decudia 'Pendula')
will grow to be about 4 feet tall in 10 years with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 feet from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America and rarer then the species kaempferi.

See link.

I suspect.your plant is improperly labled and sold in the United States under the name: Larix decidua 'Pendula'.
I would change the species name to kaempferi.


Here is a link that might be useful: RE: Larix kaempferi Pendula vs L. decidua Pendula

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 9:44AM
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Thanks Dave! I will look into a Google search on the one you mentioned.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 2:06PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Tree shown has the foliage and habit of the common weeping Japanese larch sold widely as Larix decidua 'Pendula' by mistake.

While the common one is clearly a Japanese larch cultivar (based on twigs, foliage and cones) it does not necessarily belong to L. kaempferi 'Pendula' specifically.

This post was edited by bboy on Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 0:13

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 3:01PM
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