One of the most magestic of all the eastern confiers, Tsuga canadensis makes a great specimen tree or hedge in a sunny or shade spot.
It has soft, flat needles, yellow, rounded pollen cones found at the tips of the branches and a shallow root system. Eastern Hemlock is sought after for its beautiful form, drooping branches and soft, flat needles. It is an old tree, often living for several hundred years and up to a thousand.
Eastern Hemlock grows naturally in dark, damp, rocky forests along north-facing slopes.
It attracts songbirds, moths and small mammals, and while deer browse the foliage in winter they do little damage to the trees.
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- Pollinator value: Wind Pollinated
- Scientific name: Tsuga canadensis
- Height: 40-70 feet; 30-foot spread
- Light: Full sun to full shade
- Soil: Moist, adaptable to dry
- Bloom: None
- Foliage: Evergreen: soft, flat needles
- Landscape: Hedge, specimen, damp areas in the landscape
- More information and native range here