Hemlock





This tree is good for thatching a lean-to when balsam-fir is not to be

found, and its bark can be used in the way of shingles.



The cones are small and hang down from the branches; they do not stand

up alert like those of the balsam-fir, nor are they purple in color,

being rather of a bright red-brown, and when very young, tan color. The

wood is not easy to split--don't try it, or your hatchet will suffer in

consequence and the pieces will be twisted as a usual thing. The

southern variety, however, often splits straight.





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