Larix × marschlinsii 'Umhausen' / Umhausen Dunkeld larch

Larix × marschlinsii 'Umhausen' is a symmetrical globose selection of Dunkeld larch with dense branching holding tiny bright-green needles that turn straw-yellow before being shed in the fall. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (90 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

Despite being fairly well known in the nursery trade and present in many collections, this cultivar is of unknown origin. Umhausen is a town in the Austrian Alps and the plant's structure suggests that it is derived from a witch's broom, but none of this is confirmed.

Larix × marschlinsii — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Larix × marschlinsii — a mature plant grafted high on a standard.
Photo by Bill Barger