Hybrid larch Larix x eurolepis, is otherwise known as Dunkeld larch due to the fact that it originated in Dunkeld, Perthshire, in about 1895.
The Japanese larch or Larix kaempferi, has long been one of our favourite bonsai species here at the nursery and the European larch or Larix decidua is not native but was first introduced to the UK in about 1620 and has been long planted as a commercial forestry tree. These two species are the parents of this hybrid and as such the same horticultural and bonsai techniques information applies to the Hybrid.
The Japanese larch is a very hardy species with good bonsai characteristics. Grows very well in our climate and is quick to develop as bonsai responding well to all bonsai techniques. We have sold this species over a more than 20 year span in the form of complete raw material through to specimen quality bonsai. It is always a good tree to start beginners with as it is so easy to look after. It is a type of tree where some deadwood is often appropriate to a design, it responds great to hard pruning and is quite straightforward to wire especially when done in the dormant period when needles are absent because it is one of the few deciduous conifers.
This example is chuhin size bonsai with a top height of 38 cm. and branches spreading to 37 cm. The the curing trunk is most likely been first created by the previous owner from what was either nursery stock of wild collected material. That is pretty much all that has been done regarding shaping. Reasonably placed branches give the option to embark upon the next phase of the shaping process, bending and pruning to create an interesting overall shape. The container is a round Mica plastic trainer that measures 21×6 cm.