Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy'
|Layers per DC||8|
|Number per DC||576|
|Decrease||min. 1 DC|
|Barcode||8 716 137 000 036|
It is a bright green, soft needled mushroom shaped compact plant. Those are the most noticeable properties of the very hardy Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy'. The conifer is a juvenile form and so keeps its needle-shaped leaf. The twigs are soft and fall off easily, usually under the weight of a layer of snow or by an animal brushing past. Recovery is possible and the conifer will regain its mushroom shape. The cultivar is sometimes called 'Teddybär' or 'Teddy bear' due to the softness of the needles. 'Teddy' is in fact the only correct name.
The German breeder H. Pierskalla from Bad Berka discovered the conifer in the fifties as a seedling of the cultivar 'Kobold'. Despite the bright green ball shape, Pierskalla did not fully realize the value of his discovery. His colleagues in fact pointed out the decorative value of 'Teddy'. The conifer has therefore only recently received the attention it deserves.
The Royal Dutch Association for Cultivated Forests awarded the Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy' a bronze medal at the Plantarium in 1998.
Houtman, R.T., 1998 Dendroflora 35 (1998): 157