Cherry Valley Larch
Larix decidua 'Cherry Valley'
Cherry Valley Larch
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Common Larch; European Larch
An impressive garden shrub for the true collector; a dwarf form of this deciduous conifer with upturned finely-needled branches on a tightly mounded form, extremely slow growing, dense and compact, foliage turns brilliant gold in fall
Cherry Valley Larch has bluish-green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needle-like leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark and gold branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Cherry Valley Larch is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous 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 is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. 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.
Cherry Valley Larch is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Cherry Valley 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 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 or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.