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Carolina Hemlock Tree

Carolina Hemlock TreeThe Carolina Hemlock (Tsuga Caroliniana, Engelm.) occurs most abundantly about the headwaters of the Savannah River in South Carolina. It grows on the mountains from Virginia into Georgia, and was long confused with the common Northern hemlock by botanists and other observers. It has found favour with landscape gardeners, because it is more graceful though more compact than T. Canadensis.

Its leaves are longer, darker green above, and a more pronounced white underneath. It rarely grows over 70 feet high, but has a better head when old than its Northern relative. It is a hardy, handsome tree in New England parks, and its popularity is growing.