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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Larix kaempferi.

Material uses

The heavy leaf-fall of this species has lead to it being planted as a fire-break in some areas where pine trees are grown[1].

A fast-growing tree, it can be used in shelterbelt plantings[2]. The bark contains tannin[3].

Wood - strong, heavy and durable[4][3].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Larix kaempferi.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Canopy

Ecological Functions

Windbreak

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow late winter in pots in a cold frame. One months cold stratification helps germination[5]. It is best to give the seedlings light shade for the first year[6]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots. Although only a few centimetres tall, they can be planted out into their permanent positions in the summer providing you give them an effective weed-excluding mulch and preferably some winter protection for their first year. Otherwise grow them on in the cold frame for their first winter and plant them out in early summer of the following year. The seed remains viable for 3 years[5] If you are growing larger quantities of plants, you can sow the seed in an outdoor seedbed in late winter. Grow on the seedlings in the seedbed for a couple of years until they are ready to go into their permanent positions then plant them out during the winter.

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Cultivation

Prefers an open airy position in a light or gravelly well-drained soil[2]. Plants are intolerant of badly drained soils, but they tolerate acid and infertile soils[2]. Succeeds on rocky hill or mountain sides and slopes[2]. A north or east aspect is more suitable than west or south[7].

This species is very cold-hardy when fully dormant, but the trees can be excited into premature growth in Britain by mild spells during the winter and they are then very subject to damage by late frosts and cold winds[7]. Slow growing for its first two or three years from seed, it is then very vigorous making between 1 and 1.5 metres increase in height a year[1]. The belief that older trees do not do so well is erroneous, 50 year old specimens in Britain are still growing rapidly[1]. Trees have been planted for timber in N.W. Europe[4]. The heavy leaf-fall from this species soon suppresses any other vegetation, including rhododendrons[1] Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[2]. There are many named varieties, selected for their ornamental value, most of these are dwarf forms[2]. Open ground plants, 1 year x 1 year are the best for planting out, do not use container grown plants with spiralled roots[2]. Plants transplant well, even when coming into growth in the spring[2]. The trees are attractive to small finches, tits and treecreepers[2].

Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[2].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Larix kaempferi.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Larix kaempferi
Genus
Larix
Family
Pinaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
4
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    45 x 8 meters
    Fertility
    ?
    Pollinators
    ?
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.11.21.31.4 Mitchell. A. F. Conifers in the British Isles. HMSO ISBN 0-11-710012-9 (1975-00-00)
    2. ? 2.002.012.022.032.042.052.062.072.082.092.102.11 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.13.2 Elias. T. The Complete Trees of N. America. Field Guide and Natural History. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. ISBN 0442238622 (1980-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.14.2 ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
    6. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    8. ? Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)

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