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LARIX laricina 'Newport Beauty'

Image of Larix laricina 'Newport Beauty'

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

LARIX laricina 'Newport Beauty'

Plant Common Name

Eastern Larch, Newport Beauty Eastern Larch

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General Description

A tiny, dense foliar balled shrub teeming with blue-green needles, Newport Beauty dwarf tamarack also greets fall with golden yellow foliage. Native to much of Canada and the extreme northern United States, it's a dense, dwarf, deciduous conifer that very slowly becomes a rounded mass.

The needles are mildly blue-green, short, three-sided and arranged densely in spiral clusters atop short stubby spurs. The short, young branchlets are held out from the dense congestion of foliage. With considereable age, a plant will produce male and female cones on its branchlets in late spring, and the female cones that develop after pollination are quite small, egg-shaped, tan, and remain through the winter and following spring. The return of cool nights in late summer will find the foliage turning golden.

Provide a full sun exposure for the Newport Beauty dwarf tamarack and place it in a moist, well-draining, acidic soil. It is tolerant of wet, boggy soils as well. Often difficult to locate in the nursery trade, it will be encountered only in regions with very cold winters and cool summers. It resents shade, root disturbance, drought and pollution and therefore is best used as an undisturbed specimen in the front of the mixed border, foundation bed or conifer rockery.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    5 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    1 - 4

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    18"-30" / 45.7cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring

  • Native To

    North America, North-Central United States, Western United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Very Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Green, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gold, Copper

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Bog Garden, Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No