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