Category: Tree - Deciduous
A large tree with long branches, pendent branchlets and shoots that are glabrous and pinkish when young, becoming purple in summer.
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.
Published in Trans. Linn. Soc. London 8: 313 in 1807 (as L. pendula.
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).