The Eastern Hemlock, or Canadian Hemlock, is a medium-large sized conifer tree reaching 30m in height, which has a conical shape and a tapered trunk. This species produces slender branches that grow horizontally from the trunk with heavy foliage and a drooping terminal end. The Eastern Hemlock produces flat needles that are two-ranked, with shorter needles on the upper side of the branch. This species produces small, oval-shaped cones approximately 2 cm long, which are initially green in colour and turn brown in the fall. The Eastern Hemlock is known to have the smallest needles and cones of its genus. This species has shallow and wide spreading roots, which make it an ideal tree species to plant for controlling erosion on dry slopes.
Prefers moist to wet conditions with partial sun exposure. It prefers rich well-drained soils but can grow in a variety of soil types. However, can grow in drier and warmer sites but but young plants should be watered during hot summers. Tolerant of shade and full sun exposure.
- Over 3m
- Full sun
- Partial sun