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PlantFiles: Japanese Larch
Larix kaempferi 'Pendula'

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Larix (LAR-iks) (Info)
Species: kaempferi (KAYMP-fer-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Pendula

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative marsviolet On Jun 4, 2009, marsviolet from Stockholm
Sweden wrote:

Stockholm, Sweden zone 4b

You won't want to lose this larch so please heed its water needs. A young Larix kaempferi happened to be growing on our rocky property (I've established an alpine rock garden here over the past two years). I finally got the guts to move the knee-high larch out of a full sun location between two granite sheets to an area with similar exposure and more soil. I watered every other day following the transplant and the larch flourished despite a six week drought. When rain and cold (low of 45F) returned the plant yellowed. I may dig around it and add more stones to improve drainage.

Positive bobhenrys On Oct 25, 2007, bobhenrys from Oregon City, OR wrote:

I love this tree. have trained it into a large arch over a pathway. about every other year I need to add somekind of extension to train it on. It has grown to about 25 feet long in 8 or 9 years.

Positive conifers On Mar 7, 2006, conifers from Rock Island, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This plant is improperly labled and sold in the United States under the name: Larix decidua 'Pendula'. Must be staked to achieve height or will be a rambling groundcover form.


All Larix species are compatible with each other for grafting and to produce a clone of a plant/named cultivar, it must be grafted in all cases.

Positive treelover3 On Aug 25, 2004, treelover3 from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 5a) wrote:

The Weeping Japanese Larch is a great accent plant.

The new spring foliage on this tree is a bright green and is very soft to the touch. As the foliage matures it turns a bluish-green color and this tree also turns a beautiful gold/yellow in the fall before the needles drop.

The height of this tree depends on training. If the leader is not tied to a support when the plant is young the plant will trail on the ground and not gain any height (this plant cannot be used as a ground cover).

This is a tree that should be used more often in the landscape.

This tree is often incorrectly labeled as Larix decidua 'Pendula' (which is quite rare in cultivation). Almost all weeping larches offered for sale are the Weeping Japanese Larch.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wilmette, Illinois
Louisville, Kentucky
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cortland, Ohio
Mansfield, Ohio
Oregon City, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Arlington, Washington
Spokane, Washington (2 reports)

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