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Common Name: Golden Larch
Pseudolarix amabilis is a Deciduous Tree up to 40.00 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
E. Asia - E. China.
Evergreen and deciduous, broad-leaved mixed, forests; 100-1500 metres[
Best grown in a warm sheltered site on a deep fertile soil with a pH between 5 and 6 and an annual rainfall of around 1000mm[
]. Plants dislike dry winds and soils that dry out readily[
A difficult tree to grow well in cool temperate regions, if planted out when small it is easily scorched and can be killed by temperatures of -5°c[
]. In Britain good trees are only found in the southern part of the country[
]. Plants prefer a continental climate with hot summers - they are then much hardier and tolerate cold winters[
Best planted out when 30 - 80cm tall, it needs to be kept weed free until established and might require winter protection for its first few years[
There are several named forms, selected for their ornamental value[
This plant is commonly used in Chinese herbalism, where it is considered to be one of the 50 fundamental herbs[
The stem bark is used in the treatment of ringworm[
The bark shows fungicidal activity against the parasitic Epidermophyton and Trichphyton fungi that cause ringworm[
The wood is used for furniture, boat building, and bridges[
Seed - sow late winter in a cold greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.