Larix kaempferi (common name Japanese larch) is a very fast grower in my garden. I used to have a few around the garden here and there from a batch of seedlings purchased from Hortico Nursery. They all died away eventually after a few years, most likely because of wet feet especially in winter and spring. However, the last one, before it passed away, left me a self sowed seedling that grew up rapidly; from about 100 cm in 2007 to about 4 m in 2012. I was going to move it to a more proper location, but I blinked, and it is too risky to move it now.
Larix kaempferi ‘Blue Dwarf’
Larix kaempferi ‘Blue Rabbit’
This is one of my favourite larches with its soft bluish foliage. It shot up from a 1 gallon stock in 2009 to more than 3 m in 2012. However, I am a little concerned that its foliage is becoming less blue and more green. Hopefully it is because of the strange warm winter and hot spring, and not because it is reverting to its species.
Larix kaempferi ‘Grey Pearl’
Larix kaempferi ‘Nana’
Larix kaempferi ‘Pendula’
This is a typical high grafted ‘Pendula’. My plant is more than 20 years in my garden, and it was acquired as a mature landscape size plant. It is not as lacy weeping as it was, but with some care in the last few years, it appears to recover somewhat.