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Re: Re: tsuga

I have been trying to find the Carolina Hemlock at an affordable price...is 
that the same as Eastern?  From what I have read, it is more heat tolerant 
than the Canadian.  Does anyone have a source that is less than a couple of 
Bonnie 6+ ETN

At 03:02 PM 3/4/03 -0500, you wrote:
>In a message dated 02/27/2003 12:36:08 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>lindsey@mallorn.com writes:
> > Kitty wrote:
> > >Cathy,
> > >I have read that Eastern Hemlock can be tempermental and that it
> > >requires some shade, but I thought that since you and I are in similar
> > >climate, they'd be easy for you. Mine have been planted in amended clay
> > >soil and mulched. However, the ones on the Extension Office Grounds are
> > >planted in heavy clay, no protection, and seem to do just fine, too.
> >
> > They definitely take some TLC until they're established here or else
> > they'll dry out and die.  Once they've been in the ground for a while
> > they're pretty tough and can handle drought quite well.
> >
> > The West side of my backyard is ringed by mature Tsuga canadensis that
> > perform beautifully, but I lost two new ones last year because I didn't
> > water them enough during the drought.
> >
>Here in the Hudson Valley, z5, Tsuga canadensis seems totally hardy and
>tough.  They are favored as hedge plants, as they can be sheared and will
>grow really thick.  However, and this is a big however, they have been nearly
>wiped out in the wild by wooly adelgid (I have the technical name somewhere,
>but it is similar to mealy bugs on your house plants).  We have managed to
>keep our hedge and several large unpruned hemlocks by dint of spraying three
>times a year with dormant oil spray, but heavy stands in the woods near us
>are completely dead - all this has come about in less than ten years.
>   Also, but this may not be a problem elsewhere, our hedge has suffered from
>road salt in recent years.  Until five years ago we had no road services at
>all, but five years ago the town started plowing and salting our road, and
>the hedge now has brown dead patches at the points where puddles formed in
>the road and splashed on the trees.  It's been helpful to have the road
>plowed, but the damage to the hedge is distressing.
>   Hemlocks are beautiful trees, and until these past few years I would have
>thought they were practically indestructible.  Even deer don't eat them.
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