Carolina hemlock Pinaceae Tsuga
|Leaf: Evergreen, flattened, single needles, 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, not tapering towards the round tip; dark green above, paler with two bluish-white stomatal lines beneath; needles radiate out from twig in all directions and are attached with a small petiole.
Flower: Species is monoecious; male cones small and yellowish; females small and greenish; both males and females occur near branch tips.
Fruit: Woody light brown cone, 1 to 1 1/2 inches, when dry scales stick out at nearly right angles, scales longer than they are wide.
Twig: Slender, yellowish brown, turning gray-brown, buds small and round.
Bark: Dark, reddish brown, develops fissures with scaly ridges, inner bark often showing maroon patches.
Form: Pyramidal crown with hanging branches, almost lacy looking. Reaches a height of 40 to 60 feet, 1 to 1 1/2 feet in diameter.
Looks like: eastern hemlock
- western hemlock
- mountain hemlock
- English yew
| Additional Range Information:
Tsuga caroliniana is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting Carolina hemlock.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson