Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Tsuga heterophylla -- (Western Hemlock)

presented by Susan McDougall

Tsuga heterophylla

In the past, huge trunks of Western Hemlock, such as this one along the Cowlitz Divide trail, were commonplace in the lowlands of the Pacific Northwest. A few such giants are present at the Park. As the tree ages, the gray bark develops deep furrows.

Author: Susan McDougall
Cowlitz Divide Trail, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7622, -121.5647, 2562
Date: July 1, 2016
Tsuga heterophylla

The tree is perhaps most easily recognized by the needles which are short and in two rows, imparting a lacy appearance to the narrow twigs. Here bright green new grow is shown.

Author: Susan McDougall
Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7504, -121.8132, 2749
Date: June 10, 2014

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