Larix decidua 'Puli' / Puli European larch

Larix decidua 'Puli' is a strongly weeping selection of European larch. A curtain of light green, lacy foliage can be draped across rocks in a raised garden, or cascading down the slope. In November, the curtain turns to a vivid golden yellow color. Like all other larches, this European weeping form is deciduous, shedding its foliage in late fall. The new grassy green growth appears in spring. Left on its own, it would become a spreading ground cover, but staked and trained, it achieves very interesting forms. It will not grow any taller than it is staked and cascades in beautiful curtains from the highest point of training. The framework of foliage that reaches the soil spreads like a skirt about the plant among the boulders arranged skillfully in the garden.

Annual growth rate of terminal branches, however they are trained, will be at least 12 inches (30 cm), providing the grower with substantial flowing mass after 10 years in the landscape.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected by Józsa Miklós, Szombathely, Hungary in the mid 1990s. It was one of three plants selected in 2010 for the ACS Collectors Conifer of the Year Program.


Attribution from: Ridge Goodwin; American Conifer Society, Conifer Quarterly, Fall 2009, vol. 25 no. 4

Larix decidua 'Puli'
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Larix decidua 'Puli'
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Larix decidua 'Puli' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger