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Thuja occidentalis Teddy

Dwarf conifer growing into a neat ball shape

A cutie, this gorgeous conifer is very slow growing and stays as a small, dense, ball shaped bush. Deep green leaves are transformed in spring as the fresh green growth appears.


Suitable for a sunny spot in a rock garden or at the front of a border and a great choice for a large container where you will just want to keep patting it.


Enrich the soil before planting by adding organic matter - homemade compost or well rotted manure are fine for this. Water occasionally in dry weather until established. Use good quality loam based compost for container growing and raise the pot on pot feet through the winter months to help with drainage.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen No
Plant height 30 cm - 45 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 15 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Gravel garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Rock garden, Patio container

Typically available

From January to December