Summer Snow Hemlock
Tsuga canadensis 'Summer Snow'
Summer Snow Hemlock foliage
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Height: 7 feet
Spread: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Canadian Hemlock, Eastern Hemlock
A fantastic self-contained color accent evergreen with white new foliage that sets itself off against the dark green older needles just perfectly on a conical shrub, the light-dark combination is magical; annual trimming will encourage more white growth
Summer Snow Hemlock has attractive dark green foliage which emerges white in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Summer Snow Hemlock is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely oval form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.
This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Summer Snow Hemlock is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Summer Snow Hemlock will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.