Tsuga canadensis 'Hebefolia' / Hebe-leaf Canadian hemlock

Tsuga canadensis 'Hebefolia' is one of the dwarfest of the dwarf Canadian hemlocks known to the nursery trade. Delicate branchlets hold tiny gray-green leaves reminiscent of some of the Hebe species. Rate of growth is extremely slow, less than one inch (1 cm) annually producing a miniature shrub 10 inches (25 cm) tall and 16 inches (40 cm) wide after 10 years in the garden. If it can be located, 'Hebefolia' is a fine recommendation for the shaded rockery.

Edsal Wood (1926 - 1996), of Bonsai village, Aurora, Oregon is credited with the origin of this cultivar. It was a seedling selection he introduced to the nursery trade sometime in the 1990s.

Tsuga canadensis 'Hebefolia' at the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden in Boring, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk