Larix

Larix occidentalis ‘Stratosphere’

This Larix occidentalis broom, ‘Stratosphere’ was discovered high in the Cascade Mountains, at an elevation close to 6000 ft. The area was previously logged but fortunately the loggers left this one for the Coneheads! This cool Western larch cultivar also produces cones! We planned to tackle this one in the late fall of 2019 but we were snowed out by early winter. So November 2020, success! At least getting some scions! Now the true test…whether the new grafts push in the Spring! And we need to not repeat the mistake we made with our other Larix occidentalis ‘Cascade Cloud’…!

This Larix occidentalis broom 'Stratosphere' is sky high
Larix occidentalis ‘Stratosphere’ sky-high
Close up of Larix occidentalis Western larch broom 'Stratosphere'
Larix occidentalis ‘Stratosphere’
Mike figuring out how to reach the 'Stratosphere'
‘Stratosphere’…Hmm! That’s going to be a challenge!
Larix occidentalis from underneath showing branching pattern and cones.  Appears to be a very old slow growing broom.
Larix occidentalis ‘Stratosphere’ showing branching pattern and cones!
Larix occidentalis ‘Stratosphere’ first graft, November 2020