This is a slow growing tree that does well in moist, well-drained areas out of direct sun and wind.
In general, (in the forests) eastern hemlock...may take 250-300 years to reach maturity and may live for 900 years or more.
A number of trees can be established and restrained as a garden hedge.
It provides shelter and cover for deer, turkey and ruffed grouse.
Native peoples used cambium from the tree as a base for bread and soups or mixed it with dried fruit and animal fat to make pemmican.
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