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Tsuga (mertensiana)

Carol and Jerry Baskin
University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0225

Family Scientific Name: Pinaceae
Family Common Name: Pine family
Scientific Name: Tsuga mertensiana (Bongard) Carriere
Common Name: Mountain hemlock
Species Code: TSUMER
General Distribution: T. mertensiana is found from 0 to 2400 m elevation; from Alaska and British Columbia south to California, Montana, Idaho, and Nevada.
Propagation Goal: plants
Propagation Method: seed
ProductType: Container (plug)
Time To Grow: 0
Propagule Processing: Seeds exhibit physiological dormancy.
Pre-Planting Treatments: Seeds are placed in cold moist stratification for 90 days.
Germination occurs at 30D/20N C alternating temperature cycle.
References: Ruth, R. H. (1974). Tsuga (Endl.) Carr. Hemlock. Pp. 819-827. In: C. S. Schopmeyer (Tech. Coord.). Seeds of woody plants in the United States. USDA. Forest Service. Agriculture Handbook No. 450.
Baskin, C.J. and Baskin, J.M. Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography and Evolution in Dormancy and Germination, Academic Press, 1998. Chapter 10: A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Temperate and Arctic Zones, pages 331 to 458.


Baskin, Jerry M.; Baskin, Carol C.. 2002. Propagation protocol for production of Container (plug) Tsuga mertensiana (Bongard) Carriere plants University of Kentucky Lexington, Kentucky. In: Native Plant Network. URL: http://NativePlantNetwork.org (accessed 2021/06/17). US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, National Center for Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources.

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