Hemlock Revisit, and Possible New Front

Michael Hagedorn

This Mountain Hemlock was brought into the studio nine years ago, in 2012, to be styled. While doing the fall trim this week I wondered what it looked like back then, and found three images. I also found another possible front. 

01_Mt Hem Dec_09

Mountain Hemlock, Tsuga mertensiana, from the original front in 2012. 

03_Mt Hem Nov_12

Here’s the front we decided on in the Seasonal class in 2012. The tree seems to lack a key branch.

07_Mt Hem Nov_13

The back branch was moved to the right, to serve as the key branch. It’s a classic pocket branch, coming from the inside of a curve, so if you’re going by the book this is problematic. 


The Mountain Hemlock in fall of 2021, before the year’s trim. Styling is unchanged.


After the fall trim. This front chosen in 2012 is more interesting in person, with a trunk that snakes to the back and then forward again, but it…

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