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Diana Japanese Larch

Larix kaempferi 'Diana'

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Diana Japanese Larch (Larix kaempferi 'Diana') at Dammann's Garden Company

Diana Japanese Larch

Diana Japanese Larch

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Diana Japanese Larch (Larix kaempferi 'Diana') at Dammann's Garden Company

Diana Japanese Larch foliage

Diana Japanese Larch foliage

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Height:  15 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Brand:  Monrovia

Description:

This elegant variety has soft, blue-green needles that change to a stunning golden yellow in the fall; in winter, twisted, corkscrew like branches are revealed; an interesting addition to the garden composition

Ornamental Features

Diana Japanese Larch has bluish-green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needle-like leaves turn outstanding shades of yellow and in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough brick red bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Diana Japanese Larch is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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.

Diana Japanese Larch is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Diana Japanese Larch will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 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.

Diana Japanese Larch makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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