Friday, September 3, 2010

September 3 - Carolina Hemlock - Tsuga caroliniana

Carolina Hemlock

The Carolina Hemlock

This Carolina Hemlock lives at the Asheville Botanical Gardens.

The location of this Carolina Hemlock is interesting for it is very close to a Tsuga Canadensis. Because they are so close it is easy to see the difference in the two species. The biggest difference I could see was in the size of the needles, cones, and twigs. In comparing these two trees, the Carolina Hemlock had the largest needles and cones; although there was not a great deal of difference, it was noticeable. The Eastern Hemlock twigs were slightly thicker and the sprays of needles appear to be flatter.

I am happy to report that I did not notice any hemlock wooly adelgid on these two trees.


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