Larix kaempferi 'Diana' / Diana Japanese larch

Larix kaempferi 'Diana' a fast-growing tree from of Japanese larch with branches that twist, contort and corkscrew somewhat similarly to contorted filbert, the green needles also are twisted giving `Diana' even more character. A must for the connoisseur of the interesting and unusual. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 feet (3.5 m) tall and 7.5 feet (2.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 1 foot (30 cm) or more.

This cultivar originated as a mutated tree found in nature in 1974 at Gerhard Diedrich Böhlje of Westerstede Germany. He found the original tree growing in the wild during a hunting trip and named it for the Diana, the Greek Goddess of the Hunt. He later introduced it to the nursery trade via his namesake nursery. Many references misspelled it as, L. kaempferi 'Diane.' This mistake is easily reconciled knowing that Böhlje's intent was to name it after the Greek goddess.

Larix kaempferi 'Diana' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers, May 2004.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Larix kaempferi 'Diana' — a closeup showing bark and foliage detail.
Photo by Dennis Groh
Larix kaempferi 'Diana' — a closeup showing the nature of the twisting branches and needles.
Photo by Dennis Groh
Larix kaempferi 'Diana' in the Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the fall of 2002. The plant shown in this photo was 15 years old at the time.
Photo by Chub Harper
Larix kempferi 'Diana' — the original plant came from Larry Stanley. Was in one gallon pot & purchased at auction during 1995 ACS National Meettingg in Ashville, North Carolina. 18 feet tall in 10 years.
Photo by Dennis Groh
Larix kaempferi 'Diana' — October 2003
Photo by Denis Groh


Lynn Whipp

This is so cool, about 'Diana' larch being from Asheville! We moved from Oregon to Asheville recently and ordered this tree arriving Monday, March 2021, from Conifer Kingdom for our new home's garden. When we moved the only plant I knew I wanted to plant right off was a dawn redwood. When we arrived to visit family here in NC and looked at a property in Asheville we were interested in, we found it already had a dawn redwood in front yard planted by the developers. :) loving conifers, starting a collection. Love the stories of plant history!