Hemlock Eastern

#7 Hemlock Eastern

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Latin Name: Tsuga canadensis

Height: 40 - 70 feet

Spread: 30 - 40 feet

Sunlight: Part Sun; Part Shade; Full Shade

Hardiness Zone: 3-7


Eastern Hemlock is a native evergreen with short needles, each averaging under an inch in length. These dark green needles with two white bands on the undersides are found in flat sprays, giving a lacy appearance. New needles emerge a yellow-green to bright green color. The lower branches will often dip towards the ground. Small pendant like cones are a tan-brown, and considered to be some of the smallest evergreen cones. Hemlocks are not drought tolerant, and appreciate watering during these times, especially when young. Plant in a location that is protected from strong, drying winds. Mature hemlocks have thick, ridged bark in red-brown to gray-brown colors. This hemlock is not poisonous. 

Attracts: Birds; host for the larval Columbia silkmoth

Other Names: Canadian Hemlock