Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is the state tree of Pennsylvania. The Eastern Hemlock is also known as the Canadian hemlock. In the country’s French-speaking areas, the tree is referred to as “pruche du Canada,” simply meaning “hemlock of Canada.” The Eastern Hemlock is native to North America and can be found in multiple National Parks and mountain ranges, such as Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Populations of Eastern Hemlocks in the US and Canada are threatened by Hemlock woolly adelgid, which is an invasive insect from East Asia that has no predators in North America. The infestation of these insects has caused the Eastern Hemlock to be designated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. The Eastern Hemlock can live for up to 800 years.
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Photos taken at Old Town June 2022.