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Tsuga canadensis


Sargents Hemlock

Origin:  Horticultural origin
            Mike's Opinion

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Sargents Canadian Hemlock could be one of the most beautiful evergreen shrubs. The soft and short needles attached on the weeping branches can reach the ground. It is generally an excellent specimen and also an erosion control evergreen shrub.

Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)


Shrub (evergreen)
USDA Hardiness Zone
Canadian Hardiness Zone
Temperature (°C)
Temperature (°F)
3–4.5 m
4.5–7.5 m
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
General Description
A conical and upright form evergreen shrub; has soft and green needles; large spreading area. Usually planted as a specimen, hedge, or massing.
It is an excellent evergreen shrub for controlling erosion. Generally, it functions as a hedge, massing, foundation, free standing specimen, but still works well as the container shrub.
It prefers moist soil conditions but it still withstand moderate drought. Sand and loam acidic soil will be the optimum. Full sun, partial sun or partial shade are the desirable conditions for better growth and it should be kept out of excessive water at all times.
ID Characteristic
The foliage is fragrant and very attractive; with multiple stems. The distinctive characteristic is the weeping form.
Woolly adelgid, scales, weevils, bagworm, mites, sapsucker woodpecker. Particularly, woolly adelgid and scales would be the greatest killer for this cultivar. Needle rust, cankers, and non-parasitic bark splitting on heavy, poorly drained soil can also be problematic.
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
Ash to silver in colour with the deep ridges and furrows; a rough feel to the touch. The bark is thicker in mature plants.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
The winter bud is very tiny with an oval or round-head, and it could be a little bit downy with a brown colour.
Leaf Description
The foliage is arranged in a simple way with its soft, green needles and they are approximately 4 cm long. The foliage will give out fragrance, which is easy to identify. Its margin is a little bit serrate, and the upper side presents green glabrous surface. The shorter needles will hardly be seen on the stem.
Flower Description
Yellow or green in colour; the flowers are not prominent.
Fruit Description
The cone is oval shaped and about 0.5-2.5 cm long. Yet, a 3 cm light brown thimble like cone may be found on the elder plants.
Colour Description
Its foliage is green; the flower is light yellow or green, but it is seldom seen. Bark is grayish and cone is light brown. No outstanding winter colours.
Texture Description
This cultivar has a fine surface texture.
Notable Specimens
Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina. Fanshawe College Gardens, London, Ontario, Canada.
It can be propagated by cuttings from the woody stem of this species’ cultivar of eastern hemlock, especially in summer. Remove the soft tip growth, and cut into 15–30 cm long. Make sure all cuttings are clean above a bud at the top. Keep moist in dry times in summer. It won’t be successful if heat, rooting hormone, and moisture levels don't meet the demands.
“Hemlock, Weeping.” 2012. “Sargent’s Weeping Hemlock.” 2012.