Here’s to Hemlocks!

Guest Post By Jocie Brooks Western Hemlock Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) is one of coastal BC’s most common conifers. It is also a very beautiful tree, with fine needles and attractive downward-sweeping boughs. Early settlers called the tree “hemlock” because they thought that the odour of the crushed needles resembled a European plant. “Tsuga” translates from Japanese as “tree mother,”and …

Hemlock is a Beautiful Tree

Guest Post by Jocie Brooks I drive through Miracle Beach Provincial Park quite regularly, en route to my mother’s house. I always enjoy going through the park, where the boughs of western hemlock fan out on each side of the road in broad, sweeping sprays. When dusted with snow the effect is even more enchanting, like entering a scene from …

Mistletoe Mystery

Hemlock Dwarf Mistletoe (Arceuthobium tsugense) growing on Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla). I’ve been looking for Dwarf Mistletoe (Arceuthobium sp.) at Miracle Beach Provincial Park for years now – I know that it is there, growing on the Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla). My wife Jocie has found it several times and has brought it back to the house for me to …