- BOTANICAL NAME: Tsuga sieboldii
- PRONUNCIATION: SU-ga see-BOL-d-i
- COMMON NAME: Southern Japanese Hemlock
- FAMILY: Pinaceae
- NATIVITY: Japan, in moist mountain sites.
- GROWTH HABIT: Irregular, conical, small tree, with a stiffer habit than Canada Hemlock.
- SIZE: 15 - 45' in cultivation, to 90' in its native habitat.
- HARDINESS: Zone 5 - 8.
- CULTURE: Sun to light shade and moist well drained soil.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Small specimen tree.
- FOLIAGE: Alternate, loosely arranged on the stem. 1/4 - 1" long with an emarginate apex. Glaucous bands not distinct on back of leaves.
- BUDS: Small, ovate, yellow-brown.
- BARK: Young twigs glabrous.
- FRUIT: Cone 3/4 - 1" long, individual scales cupped not opening to 90o to the central axis.
- PROPAGATION: Seed.
- PESTS: Scales, mites, wooly adelgid, but less prone to these than Tsuga caroliniana.
- RELATED SPECIES:
- T. diversifolia - differs in the presence of pronounced white bands
on the reverse side of the foliage and pubescent young stems.