Larix kaempferi ‘Diana’
contorted Japanese larch
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Each delicate needle and branch on this unique decidous tree twists and turns like a corkscrew. The twirling blue-green needles are irresistibly soft and very touchable. In the fall they turn a golden yellow and drop from the tree so that the distinctive form is in full display. 'Diana' will grow as an upright pyramidal tree, but can be easily trained as a smaller, striking specimen by careful pruning.
Plant Type: pyramidal conifer
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade
Water Requirements: occasional water during dry weather
Resistant to: deer
Colors & Combos
Great Plant Combinations: Pinus leucodermis, Rhododedendron 'Ken Janeck', Pieris japonica 'Valley Valentine'
Great Color Contrasts: gold, burgundy
Great Color Partners: blue, dark green, silver
- Culture Notes
- This contorted larch grows best in rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand and clay with adequate drainage. Plant it in a location with full sun to light or open shade. Provide occasional watering during prolonged dry weather. The unusual habit needs no pruning, but it can easily be kept smaller in size with yearly light pruning in winter.