Tsuga heterophylla ‘Goldleaf’

harvesting mountain hemlock golden sport 'Goldleaf'
The harvest! November 2021

About Tsuga heterophylla ‘Goldleaf’: We discovered this vibrant Western Hemlock sport up by White Pass atop a bluff, making it a challenge to access, and even dangerous once the snow begins. After several years of observation, there was a melt in early November 2021 between snow falls, finally providing an opportunity to access it for harvest!

Tsuga heterophylla vaariegated sport in the Cascade Mountains
Golden sport on Western hemlock tree in the Cascade Mountains!
The unveiling!
Golden branch from a Western hemlock, Tsuga heterophylla
Mike modelling his new Tsuga accessory!
Golden hemlock branch freshly harvested for propagation
Tsuga heterophylla ‘Goldleaf’ showing off beautiful coloration & cones, against a darker background

This beautiful Western hemlock golden sport appears to be dependent on sunlight to bring out it’s color. It was fully exposed to the sun, facing south, without obvious needle burn. In contrast, another of our variegated Tsuga discoveries, ‘Cascade Confetti’ is not sun dependent for it’s golden color. It will be interesting to see how they compare as they get older.

yellow seedling from Western hemlock 'Goldleaf'
Tsuga seedling germinated from cone seed appears yellow!
Tsuga heterophylla, Western hemlock, golden sport, has numerous cones!
Tsuga sport ‘Goldleaf’ with innumerable cones!

This Western hemlock golden sport had numerous cones and there were still some seeds remaining in the opened cones when we harvested the sport! We refrigerated them and the seeds are beginning to germinate. Some of the seedlings appear yellow! Updates to follow!

New cultivar grafts of  Western hemlock, Tsuga heterphylla 'Goldleaf'
New Tsuga heterophylla ‘Goldleaf’ cultivars in progress!

Mike & Paulie Seidel from Crowfoot Nursery kindly grafted and rooted some of the scions. Looking forward to see their progress in the spring!