Native SpeciesEastern hemlock

Tsuga canadensis
FOUND by HarryHemlock
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Field Notes
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The Plant itself is how I knew I found the Eastern Hemlock. However, the plant was all green. Like an evergreen, it stays that way all year! Also the branches of the tree have a way of obliquing down.
Photo of my evidence.
Another way that I classified it as an Eastern Hemlock was because of the peduncle, or the thorax. It was a little greyish-brownish color, and it also had short hairs! What kind of tree has hairs, right, the eastern hemlock. The sprigs attaching the little branch of needles are flexible, and pliable.
Photo of my evidence.
The last way I classified it to be an Eastern Hemlock is the needle. The needle was about one and a half centimeters, the needles have two white stripes on the bottom and just plain green on the top. Also, there is a wooden peg that is appending the little branch of needles to the tree, it’s like a vertice. This is where it gets confusing, the Eastern Hemlock can be easily flummoxed with the Balsam Fir. The leaflets are the contrariness. You can tell if its a Balsam Fir because the leaves are swaggering, kind of going at a diaconal, like a cat’s whiskers. The Eastern Hemlock leaves are just straight to the side. This photo shows you the Balsam fir's slanting leaflets.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Tsuga canadensis
Common name:
Eastern hemlock
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.553154 °
W -69.714476 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Forest
Trip Information
MMS Forest
Trip date: 
Tue, 2018-10-16 08:30
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Lower Kennebec


I'm sure the species expert will weigh in, and I'm not the expert on hemlocks. But I was trying to zoom in and see some details in your photos. Are all the pictures the same tree? I thought the first one might be hemlock but the last one looks like fir to me.

I'm sure the species expert can set us straight :)

-VS Team

Yes you are very correct on the last one being the Fir. It is that way because I wanted to show you the difference of leaves on the Fir, they are puffed up. All other photos are the Eastern Hemlock.