56. Canadian Hemlock

Hemlock trees are widespread in northern U.S. and in the mountains as far south as Georgia and Alabama. It becomes a big tree and is often found in valleys and along streams. The bark was formerly much harvested for tannin used in tanning leather. Unfortunately the hemlock trees throughout most of the eastern U.S. range are being severely affected and killed by an introduced insect, the Wooly Adelgid. Here we are outside hemlock's natural range and the risk to widely scattered trees in cultivation such as this one may be minimal