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Re: hemlocks and garden railroads?


I've seen them cut to form hedges, but high hedges, not low.  Cathy's right,
there are some dwarf varieties that might be better.  I put 3 small ones in
several years back then moved them to the other side of the yard a few years
ago with the idea of a screen in mind. They're just now getting tall enough
to start cutting back.
Kitty
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cathy Carpenter" <cathy.c@insightbb.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2005 9:07 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] hemlocks and garden railroads?


> I expect that keeping a tree with 100ft genes to a couple feet would be
> extremely difficult unless you treated them similar to bonsai (which
> theoretically may be possible). Unlike most needle evergreens, you can
> clip/hedge prune hemlock. Two things they won't tolerate are drought
> and a windy location (as I have learned the hard way). There are some
> natural dwarfs - have you checked Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery in
> Woodstock, IL, NW of Chicago? 'Course they aren't cheap...
> Cathy
>
> On Saturday, April 23, 2005, at 07:30 PM, Donna wrote:
>
> > While browsing ebay, seen this auction for Canadian Hemlock's. Of
> > course the
> > price is cheap, they are stated as only being 1-2 ft. They also made
> > this
> > comment that you can trim them and how large they will grow (100ft)
> >
> > So.... of course, not thinking about these for my gardens, but John's
> > train.
> > Anyone ever try to keep them small? How wide would they be at that
> > small
> > stage? Could I keep them that way?
> >
> > Thoughts?
> >
> > Donna
> > Who envisions tiny little hemlocks in the forest area.
> >
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