Western Hemlock Species Profile

Western hemlock is the single most plentiful tree species on the coast of British Columbia. It grows along both the east and west sides of the Coast Range, from sea level to mid–elevations, as well as in the Interior wet belt west of the Rocky Mountains. On average it typically grows 30 to 50 metres tall and 1 to 1.5 metres in diameter. It seldom grows in pure stands, and is usually mixed with Douglas-fir, amablis fir, Sitka spruce, and western red cedar. Hemlock can regenerate well under a closed canopy. Hemlock makes up 17.7% of the volume of British Columbia’s total growing stocks.