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Jervis Hemlock

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Tsuga canadensis ‘Jervis’ – A graceful evergreen garden shrub with a spreading, trailing habit and gracefully pendulous branches, excellent for garden detail use; needs organic, acidic soil, adequate moisture and shelter from drying winds

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
2 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Tsuga
Species:
canadensis
Cultivar:
Jervis
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
partial sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Other Species Names:
Canadian Hemlock, Eastern Hemlock
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1

Ornamental Features

Jervis Hemlock is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its ornamental upright and spreading habit of growth. It has dark green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Jervis Hemlock is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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

Jervis Hemlock will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 2 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 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.

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