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Western Hemlock

Western Hemlock is an evergreen tree from North America. It grows prolifically from the coastline of northern Sonoma County, California, north to the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska and east to Idaho and Montana, and is widely harvested in these regions. It is large tree and when mature, grows up to 30 to 50 metres tall.  

Western Hemlock boasts many of the same benefits associated with using cedar but with the advantage of being denser and more economical. It is a strong, stable, straight-grained timber that is available in long spans. It takes stains and oils extremely well and comes in a uniform colour. Thanks to the fact that it is slightly denser than cedar, it works well with fire-retardant coatings available in New Zealand, which is a benefit for any interior fit-out. 

JSC Timber have an extensive range of standard and custom profiles along with many colour options that will ensure your Hemlock project not only looks great but stands the test of time. 

  • COMMON NAME: Western Hemlock 
  • BOTANICAL NAME(S): Tsuga heterophylla  
  • COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA and Canada 
  • WOOD TYPE: Softwood  
  • TIMBER COLOUR: Heartwood is a uniform straw colour to occasional pale brown  
  • GRAIN: Straight grain, non‐resinous with a lustrous surface and a fine, even texture 
  • TYPICAL USES: Interior Joinery, Display Screens, Sarking, Panelling, Soffit Lining, Mouldings 
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Need a custom Western Hemlock solution for your next project?

At JSC, we can make your timber design dreams come true. Our expert in-house manufacturing capabilities allow us to create offering to satisfy even the most unique project requirements. Our precision moulding and machining mean we can match existing profiles and also do custom design. The possibilities are endless. Get in touch today.


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