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Golden Larch

Golden larch is a deciduous conifer native to China. Leaves are bright green and narrow. They are arranged in a spiral-type pattern. On long branches, the leaves are widely spaced. On shorter compact branches, leaves are close to together in whorls. The bright green leaves turn to a stunning golden yellow before dropping from the tree in fall. This fall color is where the name derives. Cones of the golden larch resemble small globe artichoke. After seven months, the cone disappears to reveal winged seeds. These plants are unique because they prosper in the southeastern United States, where many other larches are unable to survive.

Close-up of bright green leaves of golden larch golden larch branch