Tsuga canadensis 'Cappy's Choice' / Cappy's Choice Canadian Hemlock

Tsuga canadensis 'Cappy's Choice' is a dwarf, compact, low spreading selection of Canadian hemlock with fine-textured, light green foliage with a hint of gold. At maturity, a specimen will grow to dimensions of 12 inches (30 cm) tall and 32 inches (80 cm) wide, an annual rate of growth of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm), more outward than upward.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1970s by James Caperci of Rainiers Mount Alpine Gardens, Washington and later introduced to the nursery trade by Mitsch Nursery, Aurora, Oregon in 1974.

Tsuga canadensis 'Cappy's Choice' at the Gotelli Collection at the US National Arboretum, Washington, D.C., May, 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Tsuga canadensis 'Cappy's Choice,' a 12-year-old plant.
Photo by Tom Joswick
Tsuga canadensis 'Cappy's Choice,' a 20 year old specimen in the private garden of former ACS president, Dennis Groh.
Photo by Dennis Groh