This 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.
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.