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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Eastern Hemlock (Canadian Hemlock) (Tsuga canadensis): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 7, 2009 Southern, New Hampshire Short, flat, flexible, shiny green needles on redish-brown twigs. Needles have two parallel white lines on the underside. Brown scaled cones on the ends of twigs. Cones are very small: 1/2 - 3/4 inch long. Bark is redish-brown, deeply furrowed into broad scaly ridges. Other flat-needled look-similars in New hampshire: The Balsim Fir has smooth bark with many resin blisters and the cones are much bigger (2 - 3-1/4 inches). The Canadian Yew (poisonous) does not have a scaly cone, has stiff pointy needles with yellowish lines beneath the needles. Yew is mostly seen as a shrub in New Hampshire.
August 9, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire Eastern Hemlock pictures taken with my new iPhone 3GS camera. The two parallel white lines on the back of the leaves are more clearly visible with this camera.