Larix kaempferi'Wehlen' is a spreading, compact dwarf selection of Japanese Larch with upward turning branchlets holding light, gray-green foliage that turns yellow before being shed in fall. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm tall) and 24 inches (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).
This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1972 by Günter Horstmann of Schneverdingen, Germany. He found the original broom growing in conservation park located in north-central Germany's Lüneburger Heath in the town of Wehlen, Germany. The plant is often seen misspelled under the name, L. kaempferi 'Whelen.'
Larix kaempferi 'Wehlen' in the Edwin Smits pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Edwin Smits