Tsuga mertensiana ‘Elizabeth’
dwarf mountain hemlock
© Randall Smith - Iseli Nursery
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.
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).