Thursday, January 20, 2011

'Gentsch White' Tsuga canadensis

The forest is a land with many personas.

There is Longfellow's "Forest Primeval" , with its, “murmuring pines and hemlocks, bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight…”. There is also Shakespeare's allusion to "Diana's foresters, gentlemen of the shade, minions of the moon". Both of these suggest an ancient, even eerie setting. If such is the case, 'Gentsch White' may well be considered as out of place.

This slow growing broad shrub has dainty, white-tipped foliage. 'Gentch White' may be thought of, then, as an elfin light, providing a cozy, comfortable bit of light and color in this rather dark and foreboding scene.

‘Gentch White’ is a dwarf Canadian Hemlock that likes partial shade, preferring to be protected from the full afternoon sun. It need not be relegated to the “deep woods” environment, however, as long as it is given some shade, or mottled sunlight during the warmest periods of the day. An annual shearing will also help to keep its fresh color, and maintain the compact shape.

This variety is very versitile, doing well in a variety of hardiness zones (zones 4-8), meaning that it can be a valuable addition to the garden in many places throughout the country.

'Gentch White', with its size (only about 4’-6’ in 10 years) and color, is a perfect choice for the small and medium size shaded garden area, whether used as an accent plant, or in small groups.

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