Tsuga canadensis 'Watnong Star' / Watnong Star Canadian hemlock

Tsuga canadensis 'Watnong Star' is a dwarf globose, bushy selection of Canadian hemlock with
branches that grow with a bit of a twist revealing silvery undersides. Foliage is dark-green foliage and fluffy, with new growth that is white at the tips, giving the effect is of thousands of tiny stars lighting up the night. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 inches (50 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches (5 cm).

This cultivar was found in the late 1960s, growing in the wild in the woods in New Hampshire by Robert Clark and introduced to the nursery trade in 1970 by Watnong Nursery, Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Tsuga canadensis 'Watnong Star' at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan.
Photo by Frank Richards

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