A shade tolerant and vigorous tree with a spire like crown. The Western Hemlock is excellent for underplanting and makes a good hedge. Growing on average 2 – 3 ft per year, up to 70m tall, it thrives on heavy rainfall, although it can grow in dry areas. The leaves are flat needle-like shaped with rounded tips and a shiny green colour.
Cones: The cones are light brown, egg shaped, with rounded end and can grow up to 3cm long.
Timber: The timber is strong and pale yellow, it can be used for joinery, boxes, paper, pulp etc.
Soil Types / Habitat: It will withstand a great variety of soils. It grows well on flats and lower slopes. It is extremely shade tolerant but must be protected from the wind.