Larix laricina 'Stubby' / Stubby tamarack

Larix laricina 'Stubby' is a dense and very dwarf mound of twigs and needles that will grow into a small bush form of tamarck, with bluish-green needles. The foliage turns to a burnished yellow-orange in the fall. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will meaasure 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide; an average annual growth of rate of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or less.

This cultivar originated as a witch’s broom found in the early 1990s by Dick Jaynes of Broken Arrow Nursery, Hamden, Connecticut, USA. The original witches’ broom was in a large tree adjacent to Interstate Highway 90, the Massachusetts Pike, in western Massachusetts. The tree was unfortunately cut down years ago.

larix laricina 'Stubby' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
larix laricina 'Stubby' — a diminutive mature plant in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger