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DUNKELD LARCH

HYBRID LARCH

Larix × marschlinsii

(Formerly: Larix × eurolepsis)
Pine Family [Pinaceae]

Flowers:
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Cones:
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category
category8Trees
category
category8Coniferous
category
category8Deciduous
status
statusZneophyte

flower
flower8yellow
female
flower
flower8red
male
petals
petalsZ0
 
type
typeZcatkins
 
stem
stem8round
 
sex
sexZdioecious
 

22nd May 2009, Troutal Tongue, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Photo: © RWD
The tree grows up to 32m high, the overall width of the tree up to 8m wide. The bark is reddish-brownand scaly when mature


22nd May 2009, Troutal Tongue, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Photo: © RWD
But the shoots are a paler orange-brown to pink cream in colour.


22nd May 2009, Troutal Tongue, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Photo: © RWD


22nd May 2009, Troutal Tongue, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Photo: © RWD
The cones are larger than those of Japanese Larch.


22nd May 2009, Troutal Tongue, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Photo: © RWD


22nd May 2009, Troutal Tongue, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Photo: © RWD


22nd May 2009, Troutal Tongue, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Photo: © RWD


22nd May 2009, Troutal Tongue, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Photo: © RWD


22nd May 2009, Troutal Tongue, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley. Photo: © RWD
Needles blunt-tipped. The leaves are usually in dense rosettes and up to 4cm long.

[But on leading shoots the leaves are longer and bourne singly and are up to 8cm long - no photo].


Easily mistaken for : European Larch (Larix decidua) Japanese Larch (Larix kaempferi) not to mention Dahurian Larch (Larix gmelinii) which your Author had mistaken this tree for until kindly corrected by a member of BSBI.

Has anyone got photos of Dahurian Larch please?

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

Dunkeld Larch is the hybrid between European Larch () and Japanese Larch () and grows faster than either parent. Unlike other conifers the crown of the tree changes colours in spring, autumn and winter which make it a popular choice for forests utilising the faster growth for timber production and the changing colours for walkers and other visitors.

It was created accidentally in a Scottish estate in the 19th Century by cross-pollination between European Larch and Japanese Larch. Its hybrid nature has also bestowed upon it a greater resistance to disease than either parent.

It is Monoecious with both male and female flowers on the same tree (the female flowers produce the cones). The longer and drooping male pollen-producing catkins are yellow, the skyward-aiming female flowers are red.


  Larix × marschlinsii  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Pinaceae  

Distribution
 family8Pine family8Pinaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Larix
Larix
(Larch)

DUNKELD LARCH

HYBRID LARCH

Larix × marschlinsii

(Formerly: Larix × eurolepsis)
Pine Family [Pinaceae]