Contorted Larch Tree Bought - Horstmann's Recurved (TINY)
Back in February, I posted about a tree that I came across that had a lot of the features that I desired in a tree: the Diana Weeping Japanese Larch. It is a narrow tree (columnar), is contorted, has a weeping habit and is a deciduous conifer. I have yet to see a Diana Weeping Larch, but I did come across a similar tree from an online nursery named Kigi Nursery called: The Horstmann's Recurved Contorted Larch Tree.
I read the description and thought this was a good fit for our yard:
LARIX DECIDUA 'HORSTMANN'S RECURVED' CONTORTED LARCH IS AN UPRIGHT DECIDUOUS CONIFER WITH TWISTING, TURNING BRANCHLETS. NEEDLES ARE GREEN IN SUMMER AND GOLDEN IN AUTUMN BEFORE FALLING. PREFERS ORGANIC RICH WELL DRAINED SOIL.Sounds perfect, right? I went on the site and they were offering only a 0-1 year old tree for $40. I don't know what I thought it was going to look like when it arrived, but when I opened the package, I felt surprised. Here's a look at the tree from Kigi Nursery below - one that is billed as a 0 - 1 year old tree. Xfinity remote next to the tree for comparison.
I don't know what I expected in a "less than one year old" tree, but it still feels tiny to me. Just an inch or two tall. I don't know if this is a result of air layering or grafting to create new 'trees' or if this is grown in some other way, but while the tree is tiny it appears healthy.
I'm going to plant this in our front yard and then try to protect it for the next few years. As it stands now, we won't be seeing this tree in any real material size for a number of years. More when I stick it in the ground.