Hemlock, Eastern (Container)
The Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), also known as Eastern Hemlock-Spruce, Canadian Hemlock and in Québec, the Pruche du Canada, is a coniferous tree native to eastern North America. In the early 19th and 20th centuries, the Eastern Hemlock was the primary source for tannins used for tanning hides for clothing, to the point some hemlock stands were decimated.
The Eastern Hemlock is a slow-growing evergreen. It has small needles that are dark green on top and light green underneath with a fine texture.
Eastern hemlock should be planted in sheltered, cool sites with moist, well-drained, acidic soils which mimic its natural habitat. It tolerates shade but is highly intolerant of drought, salt and pollution. Homeowners purchasing this tree should monitor after planting for signs of drought stress - which manifests as scorched leaves and dying branches. Bottom line: be sure to water!
Eastern Hemlock stands are noted for providing shelter for deer by trapping snow in the canopy and creating open ground below. These spaces are referred to as deer yards. The low-hanging branches are browsed by the deer. The oil-rich seeds also provide food for wildlife including porcupines, wild turkeys, ruffed grouse and many types of songbirds.
For a detailed overview with ample planting instructions, please visit How to Grow & Care for the Eastern Hemlock.
Delivered in a container.
Approximate height at time of delivery is 60cm (approx 2 feet tall).
Trees well watered and properly cared for will have an excellent survival rate.
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