Japanese Larch (Larix kaempferi)

Larix kaempferi

Native: Mountains of central Japan

Location: Widely used as a forestry tree in western Britain.


Foliage has leaves with dark green upper surface and two bands of grey on underside.

Pollen and Seed Cones

Larix kaempferi

Cones open in March; males yellow when shedding pollen, females about 10mm red and greenish cream each scale showing both colours.

Mature Cones

Larix kaempferi

Mature cones are distinctive, usually rather round, about 25mm across. The back-turned bracts give the appearance of a small rose.