The Western hemlock, Tsuga heterophylla, has great characteristics as a bonsai subject.
The Hemlocks are a small genus, maybe eleven species, of conifers and all of them are great subjects for bonsai. Naturally small needles, a good response to pruning and equally good with all the other bonsai techniques. The two Japanese species, T. seiboldii and T. diversifolia can rarely be seen as bonsai imported from the far east. The Eastern hemlock, T. canadensis, is common enough in garden centres and the Western hemlock, T. heterophylla can sometimes be obtained from commercial forestry sources as raw material.
I rather like this simple, literati style bonsai, maybe not surprising when this species is one of my favourite bonsai subjects. The tree will have been a bonsai quite a while coming, as it does, from the collection that we acquired from an enthusiast of 30 years standing who was forced by ill health to reduce her tree numbers. It is quite tall at 84 cm. with a slender trunk the measures 3 cm. in diam. at the base just above the root spread that is 8 cm. across. The branching, all at the top of the tree and typical of this style of bonsai, measures 58 cm. across. The pot is a round Chinese ceramic 24×8 cm.