Tsuga canadensis 'Stockman's Dwarf' / 'Stockman's Dwarf' Canadian Hemlock

Tsuga canadensis 'Stockman's Dwarf' is a very slow-growing selection of Canadian hemlock with short, thick, densely arranged, dark green foliage. According to Iseli Nursery, its structure can be described as nest-shaped with layered foliage reminiscent of clouds. After 10 years of growth, a specimen will be considered to be mature at 20 inches (50 cm) tall and wide, suggesting a fairly uniform rate of growth of 2 inches (5 cm) per year. It performs best in partial shade to full sun.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1940s by Stockman's Nursery, Geneva New York, USA and given the provisional name, 'Compacta MK1'. John Vermeulen & Son Nursery, Neshanic Station, New Jersey introduced it to the nursery trade around 1960.

Tsuga canadensis 'Stockman's Dwarf' in a private garden in his Kansas, October, 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier
A 20-year old 'Stockman's Dwarf' in Brunswick, Maine.
Photo by Sean Callahan
Tsuga canadensis 'Stockman's Dwarf' growing in Zone 5b, northwestern Pennsylvania.
Photo by William Dunagin