Plant ID forum: Tree identification

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Western Washington
LauraDale
Nov 12, 2017 7:46 PM CST
I need a sample of a western hemlock for a project, but am having a lot of trouble identifying one. I live in western WA, so they should be fairly abundant. I've looked at examples online and am still so confused, because I've never seen needles like the ones on Google Images for Tsuga Heterophylla needles. Here's the closest I can find. There's a photo of the top and underside of the sprig. Is this a western hemlock?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 12, 2017 9:33 PM CST
Its hard to say but the shape of the entire tree and the cones will tell you for sure.
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islander
Nov 12, 2017 11:01 PM CST
Looks like Grand Fir you've got there. Western Hemlock is much smaller needles and very whispy, normally with a good droop to the small branch. You can normally find them growing on stumps of other trees or in the darker, more dense forest.
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Salt Spring Island, BC (Zone 8b)
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islander
Nov 14, 2017 12:44 AM CST
I found an entry for "nurse log" on wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... which describes the habit of this tree. They seem to like Western Red Cedar stumps so if you know somewhere that is consistently cool (near water, gully, etc) and has Western Red Cedar and likely huckleberry or blueberry or Rubus, you'll be sure to find a Western Hemlock. New roads through a wooded area are good spots to look.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Nov 14, 2017 1:21 AM CST
I googled Western hemlock branch instead of tree, and clicked images and it really gave good examples of what you are after. This will help.

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