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All about Growing Canadian Hemlock Trees

Updated on April 29, 2016

It doesn’t matter how you want to grow the Canadian hemlock, it is always a great choice to make for a landscape tree. You can grow it as hedge planting, screen or a specimen plant. Canadian hemlock is a coniferous tree that remains evergreen and is a native flora of the North-East America. Sometimes, it is also referred as the eastern hemlock or hemlock spruce.

Why to Grow the Canadian hemlock

There are several reasons that make the Canadian hemlock preferable than many other trees and the main reasons are:

  • It is easy to grow the Canadian hemlock up to a size and shape, the owner wants. This is possible due to a distinct property of the Canadian hemlock, i.e. sustaining heavy trimming and pruning.
  • The Canadian hemlock grows equally well under the direct sunlight and the shade.
  • Canadian hemlock can grow in diverse range of soil-pH, where most of the other plants and shrubs can grow only in a narrow range of soil-pH.
  • Canadian hemlock also provides the ease to use it in diverse types of landscapes. You can also use a few distinct strains of eastern hemlock with different kinds of fragrant shrubs.


How to Grow the Canadian hemlock

First of all, select an area where the Canadian hemlock can grow at its maximum potential. Even though it can grow in adverse conditions, it is better to choose an area with moist, slightly acidic soil and plenty of sunlight. After selecting the most suitable area, follow the below instructions:

  • Measure the diameter of the root ball and the depth of the container of the nursery Canadian hemlock plant. Now, dig a hole, 4 times the measure of the diameter of the container. But, keep the same depth as that of the container.
  • Take out the plant from the container and remove half of the surrounding burlap. Then, plant it in the hole. Before filling the hole with soil, fill it with water and then put the soil over it. This facilitates the absorption of water in the soil.
  • Preserve the Canadian hemlock from weeds by spreading around the plant a layer of mulching or some organic material. The layer should be between 2 to 4 inches in thickness.

It doesn’t matter how you want to grow the Canadian hemlock, it is always a great choice to make for a landscape tree. You can grow it as hedge planting, screen or a specimen plant. Canadian hemlock is a coniferous tree that remains evergreen and is a native flora of the North-East America. Sometimes, it is also referred as the eastern hemlock or hemlock spruce.

Some Tips for Ensuring a Healthy Growth

Make sure, the area selected comes under the USDA Hardiness Zone of 3 to 7. Regularly water the plant for at least first 5 years. Try to plant in spring but not later than early fall. Don’t plant it near any man made structure.

Drawbacks of Growing the Canadian hemlock

Despite its several advantages, there are a few drawbacks too that can't be parted away from it. The drawbacks include:

  • It makes somewhat more mess than that made by some other hedges and pine trees. This happens due to comparatively tiny size of its thorns.
  • It takes a log time to grow the Canadian hemlock. You need almost 2 years to develop the cones. So, it takes much longer time to develop it as a screen than to develop some other types of planting.
  • Canadian hemlock is not a good choice as the screen along roadsides. It sustains severe damage along the roadsides and can even fall on the ground due to pollution.

But when its advantages are counted against its drawbacks, you can easily find that Canadian hemlock is the best option for creating a beautiful yard or a compound. No matter you use it for sprucing up an area around some business premise or a home; it always enhances the beauty of its surroundings.

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      francis5k 

      5 years ago

      good work!!! vote up!!

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      Shreyaansh 

      7 years ago from India

      No, It's a misconception that Canadian hemlock is poisonous. Though, u r right in asking that "is hemlock poisonous," because there are 2 known varieties of hemlock that are poisonous, but not the Canadian hemlock.

      The poisonous varieites of hemlock include:

      Conium maculatum (Greek Phiosopher Socrates got killed by this plant's poison)

      Cicuta maculata (water hemlock).

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      clara martin 

      7 years ago

      I have heard that hemlock is poisonous to children and animals. Is this so? Is it banned in some areas?

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      clara martin 

      7 years ago

      I have heard that hemlock is poisonous to children and animals. Is this so? Is it banned in some areas?

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