Larix x pendula (Aiton) Salisb.

Weeping Larch

Pinus pendula

Pinus pendula (= syn.)

Photo credit: Original from Descr. Pinus courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library - (provided by Missouri Botanical Garden) modified to provide labels.

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Larix

Category: Tree - Deciduous


From Hillier: A large tree with long branches, pendent branchlets and shoots that are glabrous and pinkish when young, becoming purple in summer.


From Hillier: The origin of this attractive larch has long been obscure. It was first recorded in cultivation in Peter Collinson's garden at Peckham, where it had been plnated in 1739. At that time it was claimed to be growing wild in America, but no one since has found any evidence of this. Most authorities favour the explanation of its origin as a hybrid between L. decidua and L. laricina. Mr. Desmond Clarke has pointed out that the tree originally described by the botanist Solander was not the Peckham tree but a tree growing in Collinson's garden at Mill Hill, which some authorities assumed was the same tree, simply transplanted from one garden to another by Collinson. From this it seems highly probable that Collinson's original tree at Peckham was in fact L. laricina and that the later, Mill Hill tree (L. x pendula) was a seedling, the result of a cross with L. decidua.

So based on the above, the parentage is Larix laricina and Larix decidua. According to Miller, the tree was cut down in 1800!

Published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 8: 313 in 1807 (as L. pendula.

Basionym is Pinus pendula Aiton - also published in Desc. Pinus.

The status of the name is unresolved (Kew). Not accepted by Farjon, A. (2001). World Checklist and Bibliography of Conifers , ed. 2: 1-309. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [as Larix laricina]. (Kew).


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