Deborah Waxman Dwarf Tamarack
Larix laricina "Deborah Waxman"
Larix laricina "Deborah Waxman" in fall
(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)
Height: 6 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2
Other Names: American Larch
If you like the native tamarack but don't have the room, here is the ideal garden-size copy of the same tree; forms an upright pyramid of garden proportions, deciduous bluish-green needles turn yellow in autumn before falling, showy rosy cones in spring
Deborah Waxman Dwarf Tamarack has bluish-green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needle-like leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The rose fruits are held in cones in late spring. The rough gray bark and gold branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Deborah Waxman Dwarf Tamarack is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Deborah Waxman Dwarf Tamarack is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Deborah Waxman Dwarf Tamarack will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.
This is a selection of a native North American species.