Larix laricina 'Ethan' / Ethan tamarack

Larix laricina 'Ethan' is an irregular upright selection of American larch with semi-fastigiate twiggy branching, light green deciduous foliage and bright red new cones in the spring. Annual rate of growth is 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm), more upward than out, resulting in an bushy shrub 6 to 8 feet (2 - 2.4 m) tall after 10 years in the landscape.

This is a witches broom selection made in the early 2000s by American broom hunter, Josef Braeu of Duluth, Minnesota. Joe named it for one of his grandchildren and introduced it to the nursery trade via his Edelweiss Nursery. Upon initial collection, he gave it the provisional name, [Edelweiss hwy. #2].

Larix laricina 'Ethan' at Edwin Smits pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Edwin Smits