Tsuga mertensiana ‘Elizabeth’
Common name: Elizabeth mountain hemlock
Tsuga mertensiana ‘Elizabeth’ is a a native dwarf conifer found on the slopes of Mount Rainier in western Washington. Washington state resident Else (Elsie) Frye discovered this tree and named it after her daughter. It is is in bed 52 of the Alpine Garden and was planted in 1981. Its needles are blue-green and arranged around the stem in a bottlebrush like fashion. The colour changes with the light. They are just a bit shorter than the species.
Text and photos by Hughie Jones.