Larix kaempferi 'Pevé Tunnis' / Pevé Tunnis Japanese larch

Larix kaempferi 'Pevé Tunnis' is a dwarf selection of Japanese larch with a distinctive appearance. It looks like a flattened disk of layered branching holding soft, light Blue-green foliage that turns golden yellow before being shed in the fall. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall and 18 inches (45 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm). Specimens present exceptionally well when grafted a bit high on a stem giving the effect of a hovering flying saucer.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the mid-1980s by Piet Vergeldt of Lottum, The Netherlands who introduced it to the nursery trade through his namesake family nursery. The original broom was hanging in a tree in St. Anthonis that the locals call Sint Tunnis. The cultivar name is often seen misspelled as L. kaempferi 'Tunnis' or 'Tunis.'

Many of the Vergeldt introductions have the word "Pevé" in the cultivar name. Piet Vergeldt = P.V. = Pevé which is his nickname.

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Larix kaempferi 'Pevé Tunnis' — one of the oldest known specimens in the display garden of Horstmann nursery, Germany.
Photo by Horstmann Nursery, Inc.

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