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Tsuga canadensis

Great evergreen--not widely used

The Canadian hemlock is an extremely high-quality evergreen tree that performs well in Illinois. It has a pendulously pyramidal habit reaching a mature height of 40' to 70'. The light yellow-green foliage of spring turns glossy dark-green in summer. Small, oval brown cones hang from the branches like ornaments on a Christmas tree. This graceful evergreen has many uses ranging from a hedge to a specimen plant. 

Tsuga canadensis
Canada hemlock
Family: Pine (Pinaceae)
Type: Evergreen

Mature Size:
25-50 feet

Shape:
pyramidal
Exposure:
full sun to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
moist
  Zones:
3-7
attracts birds
resistant to deer
Winter Interest
leaf retention (evergreen)
  Landscape Use:
screen/hedge
specimen plant
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