Habitat & Distribution of:
Larix kaempferi
Japanese Larch, Karamatsu


(Lamb.) Carrière


Larix leptolepis (Sieb. et Zucc.) Gordon

Origin and Habitat

Species Type:


Origins & Spread:


Maximum Height:

Very Large - over 65 feet

Species Growth Rate:

Moderate to Fast - 24 to 36 inches per year

Longevity :

Average - 50 to 150 years

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Foliage Identification of:
Larix kaempferi
Japanese Larch, Karamatsu

Foliage Duration:


Foliage Period:

March, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Foliage Type:


Foliage Size:

Foliage Shape:

stiff, narrow leaves typical of conifers.

Foliage Arrangement:

Foliage Color:

Light Green;Medium Green

Fall Colour:

Light Green;Medium Green


Deciduous, flat and needle-like, the 2cm - 4cm, light green changing to medium green leaves are soft to the touch, flat, and keeled below with a pointed or rounded apex. On young growth, the leaves are borne singly. Beginning in the second year, leaves are clustered in dense spirals on lateral spurs.

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Flower identification details

Flower Color:

Bright Pink

Flower Shape:


Flower Showiness:


Flowering Period:


Flower notes:

Bright pink, feathery female flowers (larch roses) are Monoecious, solitary, and subtly attractive in spring. The male pollen-bearing flowers are oval, yellow-brown, and 1/4 - 1/3" long. The female flowers are larger, 1-2cm long.

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Fruit Identification Information

Fruiting Period:

March, Apr, May

Fruit Size:

Small - 0.5 to 1.50cm;Medium - 1.50 to 4cm

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Fruits Ripens:

Fruit notes:

Cones purple when young becoming darkish brown. Ovoid cones up to 4cm long by 2cm wide that are reddish purple with a green stripe in the center of each rounded scale, and are borne in the axils of larger, older branches.

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Stem Identification Information:

Bark Colour:

Grey Brown;Dark Brown

Bark Texture:


Bark notes:

Thin and scaly in youth, becoming thicker and divided into large reddish brown scales with rough gray areas between the relatively flat scales.

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