(Tsuga heterophylla) A Pacific Northwest native considered by many to be the most beautiful of all conifers. A distinguishing feature of western hemlock is the drooping tip. An abundance of both soils and atmospheric moisture is a requisite for rapid growth. Very shade tolerant, be sure it receives protection from hot summer heat and drying winds. Nearly pure, extensive forests of western hemlock occur in southeastern Alaska, coastal British Columbia and western Washington. This is one the major timber-contributing species in the Pacific Northwest. Don’t fret: Western hemlock is not related to poison-hemlock, the weed which killed Socrates.
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