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Western Hemlock

December 28, 2009

Tsuga heterophylla

Another commonly-seen tree in the Pacific Northwest forest canopy, at up to 180′ tall the western hemlock regenerates from some of the tiniest cones out there. Their distinctive small, rounded, brown cones are only 3/4″ long and are good identifying features. New needles are bright green, and older needles are dark green with two sharp white lines on the undersides. Hemlock needles are also shorter than those of most other evergreens, and lay flat along the stem. From a distance, the western hemlock has a stockier silhouette than the tall, thin Douglas-fir.

View the western hemlock native plant ID card from WNPS.

One Comment leave one →
  1. erics1 permalink
    February 2, 2010 3:11 pm

    Hey! I think you can eat the tips of these things and they taste lemony! Thank you nature for your unprecedented bounty 🙂

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