Larix decidua (common name European larch) is ornamentally similar to Larix kaempferi in apperance, and botanically not easy to tell them apart (at least for me; partly because I don’t particularly care, since I consider all Larix species and cultivars ornamental for gardens). This is complicated by common occurrences of incorrect labeling in the nursery industry.
I used to have a few Larix decidua trees in the garden, Unfortunately, they were planted in very poor drainage area in hard clay. So they disappeared after a few years.
Larix decidua ‘Pendula’
My plant came without the typical vertical training, and was allowed to grow more or less horizontally with the branches coiled up. I have attempted to stake it to give it a litlle height so that I can enjoy the characteristic soft light green weeping foliage and the view from some distance away. Its deciduous ‘habit’ is more than well compensated by the bright orange yellow fall colour.
It is a birthday present from my daughter.
Larix decidua ‘Puli’
It is quite similar to Larix decidua ‘Pendula’, differed by ‘more dense and lighter green foliage’. It is more commonly high grafted to show off the graceful weeping foliage. My plant is not high grafted, and is being trained to reach about 2-3 m before I will let its leader cascade down. It seems to be getting weaker this year because the voles are living underneath it and eating away its roots.