Larix decidua 'Cyclone Ridge' / Cyclone Ridge European larch

Larix decidua 'Cyclone Ridge' is a flattened, spreading dwarf form of European larch with extremely irregular, clumpy branching carrying typical bright green foliage that turns golden yellow before being shed in the fall. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 1 foot (30 cm) high 3 feet (1 m) wide an annual growth rate of 1 to 3 inches (2.5 - 7.5 cm), significantly more outward than up.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the late 1990s by Randy Dykstra of Fulton, Illiinois at the Keim farm, Mt. Carroll, Illinois, USA. In his field notes, Chub Harper describes it as "large, low, old and irregular."

Larix decidua 'Cyclone Ridge' in the Harper Collection at Hidden Lakes Garden, Tipton, Michigan.
Photo by Bill Barger