Eastern Hemlock

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Close-Up of Eastern Hemlock Branches and Needles

Even in the wintertime it’s easy to spot Pennsylvania’s state tree around the trails, Visitor’s Center, and even along Hawk Mountain Road. The Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is another evergreen conifer that is present throughout Nova Scotia, the Appalachian Mountains, the Great Lakes region, and all across the eastern United States. Their feather-like appearance comes from the short, flat needles and graceful dip of the long, thin branches. Needles are dark green from above, but have a more pale, silvery hue underneath. 

Photo by Laura Berry.