Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla - Pinus pattoniana, Abies albertiana, Abies bridgesii, Abies microphylla, Tsuga albertiana
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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, remove mulch upon germination, cover seedbed with some shade.
In a Nutshell:
* It is a large evergreen coniferous tree growing to 50-70 m tall, exceptionally 78 m, and with a trunk diameter of up to 2.7 m. It is the largest species of hemlock , with the next largest ( Mountain Hemlock T. mertensiana ) reaching a maximum of 59 m. The bark is brown, thin and furrowed. The crown is a very neat broad conic shape in young trees with a strongly drooping lead shoot, becoming cylindric in older trees, old trees may have no branches in the lowest 30-40 m. At all ages, it is readily distinguished by the pendulous branchlet tips. more...
* The tallest hemlock, forms a narrow crown, dark green needles and rather pendulous branchlets, 1" cones, prefers cool summer temperatures and a moist atmosphere, so perhaps best for the U.S. Pacific Northwest, where it is native, grows quickly where conditions suit it .