Many of the nurseries that I visit this time of the year in the PNW (specifically around Portland, Oregon) have a lot of tall western hemlock for sale. I’m wondering how well these respond and recover from trunk chops? I’ve been searching around here on Mirai and other resources but haven’t found much information. Plenty about pruning and grooming material, but very little information about hard trunk chops that you might execute on deciduous species.
Most of the material is several feet tall (4-6’). I’ve read mixed opinions about the ability of Tsuga heterophylla to backbud - some people say it will, others say it won’t. My goal here is to experiment with some nursery stock and get comfortable working with and maintaining this iconic PNW conifer. Any input appreciated!