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Golden Splendor Hemlock

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Tsuga canadensis ‘Golden Splendor’ – A stunning variety of hemlock, with soft golden needles and an open habit; very fast growing, upright and broadly conical; it can also makes a great hedge when pruned; needs adequate moisture, rich, acidic and organic soils and shelter from drying winds

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Growth Rate:
fast
Genus:
Tsuga
Species:
canadensis
Cultivar:
Golden Splendor
Summer Foliage Color:
gold
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Other Species Names:
Canadian Hemlock, Eastern Hemlock
Branching:
excurrent
Evergreen:
1

Ornamental Features

Golden Splendor Hemlock is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive gold evergreen foliage. The needles are highly ornamental and remain gold throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Splendor Hemlock is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal 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.

Planting & Growing

Golden Splendor Hemlock will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial 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.

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