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Tsuga heterophylla.   Click a photo to enlarge it.   back to list

synonyms: Western Hemlock
Tsuga heterophylla Greenmantle Valley G2 Tree
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Tsuga heterophylla Tree
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Tsuga heterophylla 4 Tree
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Tsuga heterophylla flws Tree
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Tsuga heterophylla 2 Tree
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tree/shrub type: Conifers
foliage: Evergreen
size: Tall forest trees (above 10m)
leaf type: Needles/Needle like
types of fruit: Trees and shrubs with cones
flowering period: Spring
leaf colour: Leaves green

Tsuga heterophylla (Raf.) Sarg. Western Hemlock
Native to north-western N. America, planted for its strong timber in northern and western Europe. Also cultivated for ornament in gardens and estates. Height to about 45m (148ft) and sometimes more, with a distinctively drooping leading shoot. Flowers open in late April or May, males dark crimson, females reddish purple, both about 0.3cm (in) long. Cones are about 2.5cm (1in) long, dark bronzy green ripening to brown. Leaves are in 2 sets but point outwards and upwards. They are of varying lengths, dark green above with 2 bluish bands below and have rounded tips. Foliage has a strong aromatic smell when crushed. Zone 6

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