Another one of my favourite trees if only for its picturesque stature as a specimen in the garden – its soft needles and contorted branches are nothing less than sublime, and hold a particularly interesting winter form!- and due to the fact that its actually deciduous!
Larix kaempferi ‘Diana’ is a German introduction that merits consideration by collectors and connoisseurs alike. Its soft ‘needles’ emerge a light apple colour in the Spring and take on a mid-green hue as the season progresses. By the Fall the tree takes on a wonderful golden appearance, similar to that of Metasequoia glyptostroboides. Its open yet contorted form makes it easy to prune so as to keep it to a moderate size within the smaller garden. Its cones are a startling purple colour, adding even more ornamental appeal! It does appreciate a dappled shade location and without pruning may attain heights between 8-10m. Hardy between Zones 4-8