Weeping Canadian Hemlock
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Weeping Canadian Hemlock is a cool green waterfall of a plant that lends a touch of elegance to any garden. This dwarf weeping form of our noble native Hemlock tree has the same soft, short evergreen needles as the original, but the resemblance stops there. Its graceful, flowy branches and compact size give it a unique look and make it a premium focal point plant. Weeping Hemlock perfectly suits the quiet, peaceful nature of Japanese gardens, but looks at home in any landscape with a clean, uncluttered style, especially those blessed with stonework or water features.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-7
- Spacing: 8-10'
- Exposure: Sun or Shade
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Canadian Hemlock, the State Tree of Pennsylvania, is a slow-growing, long-lived matriarch of cool Northeastern forests and Southeastern mountain ranges. The Japanese first called their version of Hemlock Tsuga (now its botanical name worldwide), which means “Tree Mother.” It’s a forest climax species, as it casts such a dense shade that no other trees can flourish underneath it. This weeping form has been grown since the 1860s. It is believed to have originated in the Fishkill Mountains near Beacon, New York and was found by Union General Joseph Howland.
This magnificent Hemlock will have your neighbors “weeping” with envy. This extraordinary form of the native tree develops a low-mounding mass of cascading evergreen branches. Its bold, graceful form can be used to enhance a wall or large rock, making it a wonderful addition to your landscape.
How to Grow
Hemlocks are great evergreens in that they grow well in full sun or full shade. Hemlocks require moist soil conditions and good drainage; they will not tolerate consistently wet or consistently dry soils. Young Hemlocks do not do well in windy locations, so a slightly protected planting area is best. In late fall or early spring, supply your Hemlock with a yearly feeding of a medium rate fertilizer. This gives your tree a little “juice” heading into the following spring. Because of its weeping habit, the Weeping Hemlock does not need shearing. One pest you may or may not come in contact with is the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid. Specks of white “cotton” along the branches identify this little pest. Those little specks are Wooly Adelgids. Consult with your local Garden Center professional to find out what action to take to eliminate the problem. Hemlock Wooly Adelgids are more common on Hemlocks that are growing in their native habitat. This little creature is not as common in the landscape and can be controlled.
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Size A Trees:
30-36" tall. Unique form of hemlock that weeps and twists. Much slower growing. These specimens are grown in our #5 to #8 evergreen tree containers.
Size B Trees:
4-5' tall. Unique and different branching with all. Slow twisting and weeping branching. These specimens are grown in our #10 evergreen tree containers.
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