Botanical Name: Pseudolarix amabilis
Common Name: Golden Larch
Origin: E. China
Notable Feature: A deciduous conifer with golden yellow needles in fall before dropping to the ground. Both the cones and fall color add seasonal interest.
Habit: A stately, broadly pyramidal tree in youth aging to a wide spreading, rather open habit at maturity with pendulous branch tips. Reaches 30 to 50 feet in height and around 20 to 40 feet wide.
Flower: Monoecious, borne on separate branches of the same tree in late May into June. Male flowers appear in densely clustered catkins while females are borne solitarily.
Fruit: Two to 3-inch long cones are solitary and erect and are a rich green aging to purple and finally to brown; ripen in the first year and shatter at maturity.
Foliage: Light green needles appear on long shoots in a radiating cluster on spur-like branches.
Bark: Grey to reddish brown with furrows.
Interesting Fact: Other deciduous conifers include dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) and ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba).