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Blue Sparkler Tamarack*

Larix laricina 'Blue Sparkler'

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Blue Sparkler Tamarack (Larix laricina 'Blue Sparkler') at Make It Green Garden Centre

Blue Sparkler Tamarack

Blue Sparkler Tamarack

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Blue Sparkler Tamarack (Larix laricina 'Blue Sparkler') at Make It Green Garden Centre

Blue Sparkler Tamarack foliage

Blue Sparkler Tamarack foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  American Larch

Description:

This attractive accent plant has blue needles displayed in tight circles giving the impression of a small blue burst; sometimes grafted on a standard giving it the look of a sparkler, otherwise an upright color accent shrub

Ornamental Features

Blue Sparkler Tamarack has attractive powder blue foliage which emerges bluish-green in spring. The needle-like leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark and gold branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Sparkler Tamarack is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Sparkler Tamarack is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Blue Sparkler Tamarack will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features