Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula' (Canadian hemlock)

Zone: 3 to 7

Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet

Spread: 8.00 to 10.00 feet

Bloom Time: Non-flowering

Bloom Description: Non-flowering

Sun: Part shade to full shade

Water: Medium

Maintenance: Low

Suggested Use: Hedge

Leaf: Evergreen

Other: Winter Interest

Tolerate: Deer, Heavy Shade, Black Walnut

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. Prefers cool, moist, humid conditions. Intolerant of drought and should be watered regularly in prolonged dry spells, particularly when young. Best sited in a location protected from strong winds.

This Canadian or eastern hemlock is a weeping evergreen conifer which assumes many different forms depending on how it is grown and pruned. 'Pendula' is often used as a collective name encompassing all weeping hemlock cultivars, including 'Sargentii'. Typically grows 4-5' tall with a spread of 8-10', but, depending upon how it is pruned, may reach 10-15' tall at full maturity. However, with regular pruning, it can be limited to a 2-3' mound of weeping foliage. Flat, dark green needles to 1/2" long with two whitish bands of stomata underneath. Thimble-like, light brown cones to 3/4" long may appear on older plants. No part of this plant is poisonous. 


A healthy plant in the proper environment has few problems. Foliage may scorch in very hot weather. Prolonged drought can be fatal.


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