Thuja plicata 'Eschrich's Grüne Kugel' / 'Grune Kugel' Western Red cedar

Thuja plicata 'Eschrich's Grüne Kugel' is a dwarf, globose selection of Western Red cedar with very dark-green shiny foliage. The tips have a very nice bronze to purple tint in the winter months in areas with cold winters. Appears to resist heavy snow loads and maintains and erect upright form without damage. Typical rate of growth in most areas in 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) per year in all directions, resulting in a somewhat flattened globe 2 feet (60 cm) tall and somewhat wider after 10 years in the garden.

Günther Eschrich of Recklinghausen, Germany is credited with the origin and introduction of this cultivar in the early 1970s, naming it for himself. Grüne Kugel's ortet was a witch's broom mutation. Translated into English, Grüne Kugel means "green ball" or "green globe."

Attribution from: Fincham, Robert L. - Coenosium Gardens Catalog of Rare Plants For The Discriminating Person; Catalog Number Fourteen, January 2003.

Thuja plicata 'Grune Kugel' Photographed by David Stegmaier in his Kansas garden, USA during October of 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier