Thursday, November 10, 2011

Daily Inspiration

Larix decidua
'Horstmann's Recurva'
We love the structure of this beautiful larch tree (and it's a zone 2)!

Medusa comes to mind when viewing this unusual, deciduous conifer with seriously curly "hair". The small tree develops wispy branches that twist and curl to fantastic effect, especially in winter, after needle drop. In late winter, rosy buds swell along the gray curlicues and herald longer days earlier than other conifers. Shaving-brush clusters of bright green needles erupt in spring, soften during summer and fire up to golden-yellow for fall.  A seasonal stunner, for full sun and moist soil in summer (description from Iseli Nursery- who we acquire this specimen from)!

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