Tsuga mertensiana ‘Elizabeth’

dwarf mountain hemlock

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Outstanding Qualities

A Pacific Northwest native conifer in dwarf form! ‘Elizabeth’ is a cultivar of mountain hemlock, but grows almost horizontally, and in ten years is only about three tall and six feet wide. Almost feathery branches of fine blue needles make this evergreen conifer a year-round beauty in the garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Flower Color: none

Sun/Light Exposure: light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: year-round evergreen with lovely blue coniferous foliage

Culture Notes
An ideal location is one with light shade, preferably morning sun and protection from the hot afternoon sun; open shade is also quite acceptable. Grow in average to rich, but well-drained soil and water regularly during dry periods.
Geek Notes
Mrs. Elsie Fry discovered ‘Elizabeth’ in Mt Rainier National Park, Washington in 1940 and named it after her daughter, Elizabeth. J.W. Swartley introduced it to the trade around 1984 (Ehrhardt).