Hello, I collected a few Eastern helmlocks (Tsuga canadensis) last year in a forest near Montreal area. I intend to plant those in a few years in a forest composition, with trunk diameter ranging from 1/4 inch to 1 inch. I wired some of the trees this spring with a somewhat alpine downward angle, and did not yet wire the larger one.
I feel from my observation that Eastern Helmlock is not growing like an alpine species, such as the Mountain helmlock displayed in the recent stream from Ryan. Instead, if you watch their branch arrangement in the forest they are almost horizontal with quite an erratic behaviour. Some branches grow slightly upwards, some downwards, and their branch tips drop delicately. To me they seem more to follow the pattern of Thuya occidentalis or even Thuya plicata displayed in a recent stream as well (with branches going up then curbing down).
What do you think ? Should I aim for a more alpine or continental forest look given the species ?
I attach some pictures of Eastern helmlock forrests.