Tsuga heterophylla 'Ray Godfrey' / Ray Godfrey Western hemlock

Tsuga heterophylla 'Ray Godfrey' is a slow-growing, spreading form of Western Hemlock. Needles are a nice medium green with a silvery underside, typical of the species. Branching is outward, nodding at the tips. Structure is mostly outward but eventually mounding upward. Typical rate of growth for most areas is 2 - 3 inches (10 - 15 cm) a year, producing a shrubby tree 4 ft. tall by 3 ft. after 10 years in the landscape.
'Ray Godfrey' is an American selection that has been in the nursery trade since the late 1990s. At this time, very little is known about its origin.

Tsuga heterophylla 'Ray Godfrey' at the ACS Reference Garden at The Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR, in 2013.
Photo by David Olszyk
A close up of the same Ray Godfrey Western Hemlock at The Oregon Garden.
Photo by David Olszyk