Japanese Larch

Scientific Name: Larix kaempferi (Lam.) Carrière

Classification: Plantae/ Tracheobionta / Spermatophyta / Coniferophyta / Pinopsida / / Pinales / Pinaceae / Larix Mill./ Larix kaempferi (Lam.) Carrière

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General Information
Usda SymbolLAKA2
Life CyclePerennial
Growth HabitsTree
Native LocationsLAKA2

Plant Guide

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Plant Traits

Growth Requirements

Temperature, Minimum (°F)-38
Adapted to Coarse Textured SoilsYes
Adapted to Fine Textured SoilsNo
Adapted to Medium Textured SoilsYes
Anaerobic ToleranceNone
CaCO3 ToleranceNone
Cold Stratification RequiredNo
Drought ToleranceNone
Fertility RequirementLow
Fire ToleranceNone
Frost Free Days, Minimum180
Hedge ToleranceNone
Moisture UseMedium
pH, Maximum7.5
pH, Minimum6.0
Planting Density per Acre, Maxim1200
Planting Density per Acre, Minim430
Precipitation, Maximum80
Precipitation, Minimum25
Root Depth, Minimum (inches)20
Salinity ToleranceNone
Shade ToleranceIntolerant


Resprout AbilityNo
Shape and OrientationErect
Active Growth PeriodSpring and Summer
C:N RatioHigh
Coppice PotentialNo
Fall ConspicuousYes
Fire ResistantNo
Flower ColorRed
Flower ConspicuousNo
Foliage ColorDark Green
Foliage Porosity SummerModerate
Foliage Porosity WinterPorous
Foliage TextureFine
Fruit/Seed ConspicuousYes
Nitrogen FixationNone
Low Growing GrassNo
Leaf RetentionNo
Known AllelopathNo
Height, Mature (feet)98.0
Height at 20 Years, Maximum (fee20
Growth RateRapid
Growth FormSingle Stem
Fruit/Seed ColorBrown


Vegetative Spread RateNone
Small GrainNo
Seedling VigorHigh
Seed Spread RateSlow
Fruit/Seed Period EndFall
Seed per Pound118080
Propagated by TubersNo
Propagated by SprigsNo
Propagated by SodNo
Propagated by SeedYes
Propagated by CormNo
Propagated by ContainerYes
Propagated by BulbNo
Propagated by Bare RootYes
Fruit/Seed PersistenceYes
Fruit/Seed Period BeginSummer
Fruit/Seed AbundanceHigh
Commercial AvailabilityRoutinely Available
Bloom PeriodSpring
Propagated by CuttingsNo


Veneer ProductYes
Pulpwood ProductYes
Post ProductYes
Palatable HumanNo
Palatable Graze AnimalLow
Palatable Browse AnimalLow
Nursery Stock ProductYes
Naval Store ProductNo
Lumber ProductYes
Fuelwood ProductMedium
Fodder ProductNo
Christmas Tree ProductNo
Berry/Nut/Seed ProductNo
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