Hemlock, Canadian

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This tree is one of the 150 trees initially included in the arboretum to coincide with the campus's 150th anniversary celebration.

Scientific Name:
Tsuga candensis


Native to:
Massachusetts to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas

Mature Height and Width:
40-70 feet by 25-35 feet, can reach 100 feet high

Additional Notes:
Hemlocks ability to maintain steady growth for many centuries, resistance to rot, light weight and efficient branch architecture has led some to dub this potentially massive species it he Giant Sequoia of the East.  An outbreak of the exotic Hemlock Wooly Adelgid insect has resulted in the death of most hemlocks and transformation of the once dark creek side forests of the East where this species once dominated.  We are outside the range of the adelgid, allowing this specimen to thrive without the protection of insecticides.