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    Cole's Prostrate Hemlock

    Tsuga canadensis 'Cole's Prostrate'

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    Cole's Prostrate Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis 'Cole's Prostrate') at Hartman Companies

    Cole's Prostrate Hemlock

    Cole's Prostrate Hemlock

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    Height:  4 feet

    Spread:  7 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  4

    Other Names:  Canadian Hemlock, Eastern Hemlock

    Description:

    A beautiful low growing evergreen garden shrub with dense, cascading branches and a fine textured appearance, excellent for garden detail use; needs organic, acidic soil, adequate moisture and shelter from drying winds

    Ornamental Features

    Cole's Prostrate Hemlock has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Cole's Prostrate Hemlock is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

    This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Insects

    Cole's Prostrate Hemlock is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • Hedges/Screening
    • Rock/Alpine Gardens
    • General Garden Use
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    Cole's Prostrate Hemlock will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

    This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

    Cole's Prostrate Hemlock makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

     
     
    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
    Characteristics
    Massing  Screening  Rock  Garden  Container 
    Applications
    Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features
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