|The larch is one of the few deciduous conifers, losing it’s needles in winter and growing almost artificial looking lime green needles in spring. It makes up a large portion of the conifer forests in Wales where it’s grown for timber. It is a common bonsai subject which looks aged early on and also grows cones at an early age.||Origin: Central Honshu, Japan
Shape: Broadly conical
Leaf Shape: LInear
The japanese larch differs to the european larch in very small ways. It has a broader form with branches sweeping upwards when young and eventually slightly descending as they get older. It has small cones attached directly to the branch. They produces bright lime green needles in spring.
Potential as a bonsai
The japanese larch is a very good bonsai subject. The needles are small and the tree looks well aged while it is still actually quite young. The almost artificial look in spring is fantastic.