Tsuga heterophylla ‘Thorsen's Weeping’

Thorsen's weeping hemlock

  • © Richard Brown/The Arbor Fund

Outstanding Qualities

This is the coniferous version of “Cousin Itt” created by American cartoonist Charles Addams and made famous through The Addams Family television series and films! The branches of ‘Thorsen’s Weeping’ flow in a procumbent manner and may be left to do so along the ground, over rocks or cascading down a wall. The other option is to stake it at a desired height and the bright green branches will grow, with diligent training, like a flowing train of hair resembling the famous Addams’ character. Whichever way it is grown this native hemlock cultivar is sure to add a special quality and year-round interest to any garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: weeping conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 8

Flower Color: none

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to dappled shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: unique shape & year-round evergreen coniferous foliage

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, burgundy, gold

Great Color Partners: dark green, chartreuse, blue

Culture Notes
This conifer grows in full sun with adequate moisture during the dry season. It also thrives in the dappled light under tall trees or with a half day of sun, either morning or afternoon. Water plants regularly during dry periods. This hemlock is native to the west coast of Canada and USA and appreciates some organic content, such as mulch, in the soil.