Western Hemlock

The Western Hemlock, belongs to the Pinaceae. It 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.