Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1561

Tree
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Mountains, rare in Piedmont

Look for it in a wide variety of habitats in the mountains, most typically & abundantly in moist sites in ravines or coves along streams, but likely to be found in all but the driest habitats between 300 & 1500m, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Needles flattened, flexible, to 3/4" long
Needles not in bundles, 2-ranked

"FLOWER":
Spring
Unisexual

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Cone

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants): Conifers: Pinales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Tsuga canadensis   FAMILY Pinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Tsuga canadensis   FAMILY Pinaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 016-03-001:
Tsuga canadensis   FAMILY Pinaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Hemlock, Canada Hemlock


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JK Marlow    jkm0305zc_01

May    Buncombe County    NC

Botanical Gardens at Asheville

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JK Marlow    jkm0305zc_02

May    Buncombe County    NC

Botanical Gardens at Asheville

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JK Marlow    jkm060521_155

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

Bark brown to red-brown, scaly, becoming thick and forming plates or ridges, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_tsuga_canadensis_3

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm080802_152

August    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

The tiny hemlock woolly adelgid has left a trail of dead hemlocks, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm140816_698

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

Seed cone of T. canadensis on left, that of T. caroliniana on right.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE conifers (not including Pines)

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_canadensis_leaves_1

September    Walker County    GA

Needles 3/8" to 3/4" long, flexible, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_tsuga_canadensis_s

September        

Cones pendant, small, with thin scales, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE cones of Fir, Hemlock and Spruce

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Paul Thompson    psttsuga_canadensis

September?        

Leaves are primarily 2-ranked. — Clemson Extension

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JK Marlow    s041226_b

December    Greenville County    SC

Caesars Head State Park

Needles 2-ranked, flattened, with 2 narrow whitish bands of stomata beneath, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE needles of Fir, Hemlock and Spruce

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L.L. (Chick) Gaddy    llg_deadhemlocks

Month Unknown    Haywood County    NC

Dead Canada hemlock in high elevation cove forest in Pigeon River headwaters, per Alpine South: Plants and Plant Communities of the High Elevations of the Southern Appalachians.

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L.L. (Chick) Gaddy    llg_hemlocks

Month Unknown        

Left: leaves (needles) of Carolina hemlock. Right: Canada or eastern hemlock, per Alpine South: Plants and Plant Communities of the High Elevations of the Southern Appalachians.