Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Tsuga mertensiana -- (Mountain Hemlock)

photos by Susan McDougall


Tsuga mertensiana

Location: Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 18, 2011

Author: Susan McDougall
Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park
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Date: August 18, 2011
Tsuga mertensiana

Most common on the wetter south side of the Park, the trees may reach 90 feet in height, although are most often less. The branches are swept up, and the trees often have a rather irregular configuration. The needles are angled and borne in tight tufts.

Location: Alta Vista, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 28, 2012

Author: Susan McDougall
Alta Vista, Mount Rainier National Park
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Date: August 28, 2012
Tsuga mertensiana

The cones are purplish to reddish-brown and have thickened scales; they are 1-2 inches in length, and are often seen on the ground. High elevation trees may take on a stunted form on exposed sites. This hemlock is also encountered in forest settings.

Location: Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: September 2, 2013

Author: Susan McDougall
Sunrise Point, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9177, -121.5882, 6103
Date: September 2, 2013

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