Larix decidua 'Lobey Dosser' / Lobey Dosser European larch

Larix decidua 'Lobey Dosser' is a perfectly symmetrical, globose dwarf selection of European larch with dense, delicate branchlets carrying fine, medium-green needles that turn straw-yellow before being shed in fall. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected by John Proudfoot, Methven, Scotland, United Kingdom from seed sourced from the Czech Republic. Unknown is whether the seed was from a normal species tree, a cultivar, or a wild witch's broom. Proudfoot named the plant for Bud Neill's fictional cartoon character, Lobey Dosser, who you can read about, along with his two-legged horse at this link.

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Larix decidua 'Lobey Dosser' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Larix decidua 'Lobey Dosser' — a perfect mature plant.
Photo by Bill Barger
The statue in Glasgow, Scotland of "Lobey Dosser" with "Rank Bajin" in handcuffs, astride "El Fideldo," the two-legged horse.
Photo by Dave Souza

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