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Wolterdingen Larch

Larix kaempferi 'Wolterdingen'

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Wolterdingen Larch (Larix kaempferi 'Wolterdingen') at Bachman's Landscaping

Wolterdingen Larch

Wolterdingen Larch

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Wolterdingen Larch (Larix kaempferi 'Wolterdingen') at Bachman's Landscaping

Wolterdingen Larch foliage

Wolterdingen Larch foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Japanese Laech

Description:

This attractive dwarf shrub is exceptional for tight landscapes or rock gardens; emerging needles are blue-green and mature to a sea green, with a fall display of golden yellow; the stems and bark are of great winter interest

Ornamental Features

Wolterdingen Larch has attractive bluish-green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough brick red bark and gold branches are extremely showy and add significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Wolterdingen Larch is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded 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 shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. 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.

Wolterdingen Larch is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Wolterdingen Larch will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 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 quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features