Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy' / Teddy Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy' is a dwarf, flattened-globose selection of Eastern arborvitae with dense, delicate, thin branches and 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. Please note that the thin, pliable branches tend to flop over in parts of the country where snow and ice are 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 selected in the 1950s by H. Pierskalla of Bad Berka, Germany. Thuja occidentalis 'Kobold' was the seed parent.

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Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy'
Photo by John Fertig
Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy' Photographed by David Stegmaier in his Kansas garden, USA during October of 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier
A forest of Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy' featured at the Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR.
Photo by David Olszyk
Thuja occidentalis `Teddy'
Photo by John Fertig

Comments

Eric Smith

The forest of ‘Teddy’ in the above picture is so cool and unique. I love when gardeners get creative like this. <br>