Tsuga heterophylla 'Thorsen's Weeping' / Thorsen's Weeping western hemlock

syn. Thorsen

[ Robert L. Fincham, Coenosium Gardens ] A completely prostrate selection that may be staked or allowed to grow over a wall or down a slope among rocks. It may be grown in the full sun and will grow at a rate of 4"-6" per year.

Tsuga heterophylla 'Thorsen's Weeping' will be either a completely prostrate or strict-weeping cultivar of western hemlock dependent on whether the grower stakes the plant upright or leaves it up to its own nature. Needles are a nice medium green with silvery undersides, branching is dense and very regular and structure is always pointing downward.

This is an American selection that has been in cultivation since the mid 1980s. At this time, very little is known of its origin.

Tsuga heterophylla 'Thorsen's Weeping' whimsically used as hair on a head sculpture at Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR; photo from 2011.
Photo by David Olszyk
Tsuga heterophylla 'Thorsen's Weeping.' Rich, emerald green foliage arranged densely on procumbent branches makes a full, soft-textured plant that is useful as a ground cover or cascading form.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.
Tsuga heterophylla 'Thorsen's Weeping' — photo donation from David & Clara Stegmaier; photo from 2007.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Tsuga heterophylla 'Thorsen's Weeping' — photo courtesy of Henk van Kempen, The Netherlands; Dutch Conifer Society.
Photo by Henk van Kempen
First snowfall, Brunswick, Maine, November 25, 2013, Brunswick, ME
Photo by Sean Callahan


Robert Gardner

I am trying to find a 'Thorsen's Weeping' hemlock for sale. and would like to know who has any in stock in the western United States.

Maxwell Cohn

Thorsen's Weeping is extremely easy to find in the nursery trade. If your favorite garden center doesn't have it, see if they can order one for you.