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Hemlock, Eastern - Tsuga candensis
The Ojibwe people use the needles as food source. How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine and Crafts.
Pioneers made tea from the leafy twigs and brooms from the branches. Audubon Field Guide to Trees of the Eastern Region
Hemlock wood is used as a construction timber. Tannin, a chemical used in tanning skins, was harvested from hemlocks. PA DCNR
The bark was also used to create a blue dye for wool and cotton. Natural Dyes and Home Dyeing
Today Hemlocks are harvested to make pulp for paper. Smithsonian Institution - National Zoo
The hemlock is Pennsylvania's State Tree.
This tree is often planted for its ornamental value. It can serve as a wind break or privacy screen.
The seeds of the tree are food for wild turkey, ruffed grouse and other wildlife. Animals also use the trees for shelter and nesting sites to raise their young.
Cones on hemlock
Gymnosperm families off site
What tree is it? off site
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