Larix kaempferi 'Haverbeck' / Haverbeck Japanese larch

Larix kaempferi 'Haverbeck' is a dwarf shrub form of Japanese larch with a dense low-spreading form. Shoots are unusually thick and flecked with white resin. Foliage in spring and summer is a soft light-Blue-green. The very tiny needles turn to yellow-orange before being shed in the fall. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 28 inches (70 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the early 1980s by Günter Horstmann of Schneverdingen, who also introduced the plant to the nursery trade through his family's namesake nursery.

Larix kaempferi 'Haverbeck' — closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Larix kaempferi 'Haverbeck' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger