Eastern Hemlock is one of my favourite trees.
It is perhaps the most delicate of the conifers, with long slender branches. The cones are barely the size of your fingernail, and the needles are short and dark. The trees grow very straight and quite tall, but very slowly. The bark is dark and deeply lined, and sometimes casts off long fibres.
The short, dark needles combined with the long slender branches give them a lacy appearance. The birds like them – Chickadees, in particular, like to take seeds from the feeder and then fly over to a nearby Hemlock to crack them open. They seem to provide the perfect combination of shelter and openness.