Tsuga canadensis ‘Pendula’

Sargent's weeping hemlock

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Outstanding Qualities

Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula' looks good at all ages. When young it has a charming mounding habit as its branches reach outwards and droop elegantly at their tips. With age it takes on a decidedly animated character, with increasing wingspan and variation in texture. The trick to this evergreen conifer is to give it plenty space in which to develop its characteristic and pleasing mature habit. It looks good in a mixed border with other shrubs or hanging over a stone wall. The fine texture of its small needles complement shrubs with larger leaves. Since it thrives in part shade, it works well with rhododendrons, viburnums, hybrid mahonias, witch alders, witchhazels and camellias.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: year-round coniferous evergreen foliage

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, burgundy, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes
This conifer grows well in full sun as long as the soil is not dry. It also thrives in the dappled light under tall trees or with a half day of sun, either morning or afternoon. Water plants regularly when they are young. This conifer grows in eastern woodlands and appreciates some organic content, such as mulch, in the soil. With mature plants, consider thoughtful pruning of small side branches to reveal the extraordinary branching structure hidden beneath this shrub's dense canopy.