Eastern larch - Larix laricina

Eastern larchThis twin trunk Eastern larch, Larix laricina, was found on a bog in Northern Michigan and collected in the fall of 1985 and placed into a growing bed. It was potted into this container and has remained there for the last 19 years. It is repotted every two or three years. At the time of collection it was approximately 85 years old . This was determined by a ring count performed on the base of the tree.

One summer a finch placed her nest and raised 4 young in this tree! What a nice affirmation when a wild bird accepts the tree as its home.

Larches are deciduous conifers and their needles turn yellow in the fall and then are shed. The new leaves appear in late spring and some years small seed cones are formed.

Eastern larch
Although the Eastern Larch is often found growing on bogs, they prefer to grow in normal bonsai soil and receive normal watering. They are extremely cold hardy and will not have any winter kill. They will not break back on old wood so do not trim them back beyond the needles.

Wire the tree in spring before the needles elongate as this is much easier than trying to wire when the foliage is out, and the growing points are easily damaged. Larches take wiring well and seem to stay where they are wired.

This larch is 44 inches tall.

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