Tolerates both full sun and shade, prefers a balance of partial sun/shade
Zones 3 to 8
Hardiness Zone(s): Zones 3-8
The Hemlock can be expected to grow in the zones listed.
Type of Tree:
The Hemlock falls into the following type(s): Evergreen Shrub
40' to 70' High
The Hemlock grows to be 40' to 70' feet in height.
25' to 35' Spread
The Hemlock has a spread of about 25' to 35' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth
This tree grows at a Slow to Medium growth rate.
The Hemlock does well in Full exposure(s).
The Hemlock grows in Acidic, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well Drained soils.
The Hemlock has a(n) Pyramidal shape.
One of the only evergreens that tolerates full sun to full shade, though it prefers a site where it can receive both shade and sun.
The Hemlock provides excellent cover for deer and songbirds. Nesting site for several warblers. Seeds are eaten by juncos, chickadees, and siskins.Family
15.2-27.4 meter (50-90ft) evergreen tree. Needles are flat and short on slender stalks. Needles are green on top, white beneath. Cones are small and drooping with rounded scales.
Found on hills and in rocky forests. Ranges from Nova Scotiato Marylandand into the Midwest.
Uses and Parts Used
Twigs with many needles used in tea to treat kidney ailments. Steam from tea used to treat rheumatism, colds, and coughs.
Used in tea to treat colds, fevers, diarrhea, coughs, and scurvy. Also has astringent properties. Bark poultice used for treating bleeding wounds.
Notes Tannins in the twigs and leaves are believed to be responsible for all medicinal effects. Hemlock leaves contain some vitamin C. Bark may also be useful for tanning leather.
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