Golden larch - Pseudolarix amabilis
A deciduous tree which is not really a larch (despite the name) but a species of conifer known as ‘false larch’! Normally bright green, it turns a golden yellow in the autumn before losing its needles. In the spring it produces amazing artichoke-like cones with pointed triangular scales.
While this tree grows short and round at Bedgebury, in the wild it is a stunning tree that can reach a height of 40m to 50m. It is unclear whether the seeds which produced the Bedgebury specimen were less than perfect or whether the reduced growth is a protest against the cooler British climate.
In the wild it is endangered and grows only in the mountains of Eastern China where population growth has led to the destruction of its habitat.
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