The Western Hemlock
- Family: Pinaceae
- Origin: West North America
- Common Name: Western Hemlock.
- Mature Height: 25m.
belongs to the
was discovered by David Douglas in western North America in 1826 and
introduced by John Jeffrey in 1851. It belongs to the Pinaceae. The
natural distribution of Tsuga heterophylla is from southern Alaska to
northern California where it is an important forest tree. In Britain it
is planted in rich soils in semi-shaded situations resulting in fast
growth but alas the plant is susceptible to heart rot. Tsuga
heterophylla will grow to 80' and more and is an elegant, spire-like
tree with a drooping growing tip. The tiny leaves occur in two ranks.
Some of the first plantings occurred at Scone, Dupplin, Murthly and
Abercairney in Perthshire.