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Olga Bay Larch*

Larix gmelinii 'var. olgensis'

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Olga Bay Larch (Larix gmelinii 'var. olgensis') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Olga Bay Larch

Olga Bay Larch

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  1

Other Names:  Dahurian Larch

Description:

A spectacular upright pyramidal tree, ferny foliage is deciduous and turns rich gold in fall before falling, adds interest in the landscape; excellent for articulation purposes; possibly the hardiest of all larch species

Ornamental Features

Olga Bay Larch has green foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The needle-like leaves turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark and gold branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Olga Bay Larch is an open deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Olga Bay Larch is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Olga Bay Larch will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Applications
Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features