Tsuga Canadensis Gentsch White Canadian Hemlock Tsuga Canadensis Gentsch White is commonly referred to as the Gentsch White Canadian Hemlock or the Variegated Canadian Hemlock and is prized for the striking variation in its foliage colour. It is a hardy, dwarf conifer shrub that grows to a compact size of 1.8 to 4.5 metres. Its small size makes it ideal for any landscape or garden. It is relatively slow growing and often take ten years or more before it reaches its ultimate size. It grows in a mounding fashion that makes it perfect to plant alongside foundations or walkways.
Gentsch White Canadian Hemlock sports unusual colours that give it a variegated appearance. The foliage is a moderate green, but its new growth tips appear in whitish or silvery-blue hues during the spring. As spring gives way to summer, the tips turn even more white for a truly striking visual effect. Many people describe the appearance as that of an evergreen covered in a thin blanket of snow. The new growth makes it appear to sparkle and it stands out in dramatic contrast next to its green neighbours. During the autumn and winter months, the new growth colours of Tsuga Canadensis Gentsch White take on a creamy hue and then give way to green upon maturity. The yearly ever evolving variegated shades make this bush truly distinctive compared to other evergreens.
In the wild, the natural Gentsch White Canadian Hemlock grows as an understory shrub. As is characteristic of an understory bush, it thrives in partial or full shade where other evergreens often perish. Ideally, it should be planted in a location that affords it protection from the sun. Excessive exposure to full sun during periods of hot, dry weather frequently causes the Tsuga Canadensis Gentsch White to dry out and sustain needle loss. Plant Gentsch White Canadian Hemlock in humus rich soil that is slightly acidic for best growth. The soil should be well-draining. Keep the soil moist but not overly wet to encourage optimum growth. Ideally, Gentsch White thrives in moist soil, but it will tolerate very brief periods of drought. Tsuga Canadensis Gentsch White requires no pruning to maintain its good looks. However, if a dead branch should occur it needs to be promptly pruned way to maintain the shrub’s neat, healthy appearance.
Otto Gentsch of Long Island, New York was the first to discover and popularize the Gentsch White Canadian Hemlock. It is ideal for a woodland garden because it is deer resistant.