Hemlock Clump First Styling-

michael hagedorn

This tree has been sitting quietly in the yard for several years now. It’s an old plant, the bark is warty and thick and that indicates great age for a hemlock.

Mountain hemlock, Tsuga mertensiana, come from the upper forest zones of the Pacific Northwest, and are often the last tree standing the higher elevations. They naturally form interesting clumps, where smaller trees are protected by the larger ones from winds and snow. Although on this specimen the trunks all arise from the same base and is one tree, it did remind me of those naturally occurring clumps of separate trees.

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This is where we started, fresh out of the snowstorm. At least the week it was styled maybe it felt at home…mountain weather coming down to the valley.

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One of the design puzzles of this hemlock was the smallest trunk. Do we cut off that low limb? Or…

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