Larix kaempferi 'Varley' / Varley Japanese larch

Larix kaempferi 'Varley' is an extremely slow growing, globose with congested branching holding tiny tufts Blue-green needles that turn golden yellow before being shed in fall. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide, an average annual growth rate of 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1968 by M.J. Varley of Lancashire, United Kingdom. The host tree was part of an experimental planting made over the tailings of a coal mine.

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