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.

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


Eric Smith

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