Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
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Yields a resin similar to Abies balsamea, it is gathered by incisions in the trunk or by boiling the wood[46, 61, 64].
A pitch (called hemlock pitch), is obtained by distillation of the young branches. ‘Oil of Hemlock’ is distilled from the young branches according to another report.
The bark contains 8 – 14% tannin[46, 171, 223]. The inner bark is used according to one report.
The inner bark has been used in making baskets.
A red to brown dye is obtained from the bark[21, 46, 257]. A red dye is obtained from the inner bark according to another report. A little rock dust has been added to act as a mordant when boiling the bark.
The boiled bark has been used to make a wash to clean rust off iron and steel, and to prevent further rusting.
Tolerant of light trimming, plants can be grown as a hedge. This species does not make a good hedge in Britain.
Some cultivars can be grown as a ground cover when planted about 1 metre apart each way. ‘Pendula’ is slow-growing but makes a very good cover.
Wood – coarse-grained, light, soft, not strong, brittle, not durable outdoors[21, 46, 61, 82, 171, 229]. Difficult to work because it splits easily. The wood weighs 26lb per cubic foot. The trees do not self-prune and so the wood contains numerous remarkably hard knots that can quickly dull the blade of an axe. A coarse lumber, it is used occasionally for the outside of buildings[21, 46, 61, 82, 171, 229]. It should be used with caution as a fuel for outdoor fires because it can project embers and burning wood several metres from the fire.
Cultivation & Habitat
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