Thuja occidentalis ‘Teddy’ is a dwarf, flattened-globose form of Eastern arborvitae with feathery, juvenile, green-gray foliage. After 10 years a mature plant will measure 24 inches (60 cm) wide and 12 inches (30 cm) tall, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches (5 cm). Typical of this species, ‘Teddy’ is a very hardy plant. It is noteworthy that the thin, pliable branches tend to flop over in parts of the country where snow and ice is common in winter. It is a good choice for rock gardens and troughs, and can also be used as a substitute for a Boxwood hedge.
This cultivar originated as a seedling of Thuja occidentalis ‘Kobold’ selected in the 1950s by H. Pierskalla of Bad Berka, Germany.