Tsuga diversifolia Loowit

not available 2016 Archived for information only

Tsuga diversifolia 'Loowit' photo courtesy of Iseli Nursery

Japanese Hemlock

This dwarf Hemlock features small, blunt needles that look like green grains of rice interspersed with tiny brown buds. The diminutive branches are crowded with branchlets forming a tight, congested bun. It is a perfect rock garden plant but will not tolerate dry hot sites. This dwarf Hemlock was selected from seed collected in the high alpine region of Fukushima prefecture, Japan. 'Loowit' is the Native American name for Mt. St. Helens, Iseli Nursery's famous volcanic neighbour.

  • Height: 38-46 cm (15-18 in)
  • Spread: 61-91cm (24-36 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: partial shade
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Shape: globe
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Tsuga diversifolia 'Loowit' is best situated in part shade where it is protected from strong drying winds and hot afternoon sun. It will grow in average to moist soil conditions but will not tolerate wet sites. It will adapt to a wide range of soil conditions but prefers acidic soil. It should not be allowed to dry out and will benefit from a mulch to conserve soil moisture. It is fast growing maintaining a broadly upright form.