Shade Grade: B
Most resources say this needs full sun to light shade. I give this a shade grade of B though because my 1 and 3 year specimens are doing well - though they might be growing faster if they had more sun!
I now have three of these beautiful Mountain Hemlocks. I’m pushing the envelope by planting these because most references say they need more shade that we can give them. But they are so beautiful I’m willing to risk failure. My most recent 5-foot specimen now sits behind the garage, and gets even less light than my other two (which seem to be happily existing and even growing – if slowly). I’m hoping this latest addition grows well, with only an open habit as a result of its shaded location.
05/2015: Planted in small pot on back deck
06/2017: Planted next to creek in place of old tsuga.
05/2018: Planted in back of garage at the corner of steps and retaining wall.
07/2021: Moved the smallest one from the garage over next to the one by the creek