Tsuga canadensis 'Bennett'

There would appear to be more than one cultivar with this name with apparently the same growth habit.

Humphrey Welch and Gordon Haddow state in 'The World Checklist of Conifers' state 'Compact habit. Arched ascending branches with pendulous tips. Probably several undistinguishable clones are now in cultivation.

Gerd Drussmann in Manual of Cultivated Conifers states 'Dwarf form, broader than high, very compact annual growth only about 15 cm, somewhat resembling Picea abies Nidiformis in habit (birds nest spruce. Shoots spread nearly fan-like; needles only to 10mm long. Developed about 1920 in the nursery of M. Bennett, Highlands, New Jersey, USA.

There is a good picture in Conifers The Illustrated Encyclopedia however they describe the plant as being of Japanese origin.

The plant is regularly described as similar to T.c. Minima. Adrian Bloom in 'Gardening With Conifers' states that the cultivar is similar also to Jeddeloh.

Porter Howse Farms describe the cultivar stating 'is a low spreading form with arched branches and pendulous tips with dark green dense foliage. Zone 3.'

This picture was taken in 2001 of a plant located at the Botanical Gardens of Montreal, Canada.
Photo by Ken Church
Tsuga canadensis 'Bennett' This photo was taken at Bickelhaupt Arboretum located in Clinton, IA in their 'Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers' in March of 2004.
Photo by Dax Herbst