The Q&A Archives: 'S' shaped dwarf European Larch?

Question: Our local Stein's Garden Centers carry your Dwarf European Larches. I'm interested in them, but I noticed they have a curious double 'S' shaped looping of the upper trunk. Is this natural or something you did to train them? Will this straighten out or would I have to maintain this looping with some sort of training as the tree grows?

I'm interested in unique natural forms and low maintenance, not strapping and poling a specimen tree.

Answer: You're describing Weeping European larch 'Pendula'. The natural shape will remain without any staking or training on your part. With its cascading green foliage it makes an excellent plant for entrances or centerpieces in the garden.

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