I was just admiring our specimen of the East Coast native, Thuja occidentalis ‘Concessarini’ today. I find this a fascinating plant in the garden, sadly never promoted by those who claim to extoll the virtues of native plants.
Our oldest specimen below is now 10 years old and measures 3′ tall x 6′ wide…quite a bit larger than it’s introducer claims it to be at 1′ tall x 2′ wide. If you dig deeper, you’ll see that the plant patent application shows they only measured a three year old plant, and have never bothered to update the mature size in their marketing or on their tags. It shows how little many plant introducers think of the end consumer, when they set them up for failure by promoting these fake mature sizes. Commercially, it is marketed under the fake trade name of Pancake arborvitae. That’s one seriously lumpy pancake.
This juvenile-foliage sport of Thuja ‘Linesville’ was discovered by nurseryman, Gabriel Cessarini. We think it’s pretty cool, just allow enough room in the garden. Winter hardiness is Zone 3a-8b.
Interesting texture. The photo shows a bronzy foliage color, which I assume is its winter color? What color is it in the warmer months?
The summmer color is an olive green, but with more green than olive.
Great info, as in all your posts– TY. How can one see the application sent in to designate a plant a cultivar or to patent a plant ( and I realize these are two different processes and may require looking in two different places)? I often want to see these applications but rarely find them online. Thanks for any leads.
For US Patent, they can all be found at https://www.uspto.gov/patents/search
Cultivars are a different matter, since there is no single registrar. Hosta, Hemerocallis, Iris, etc. have their own registrars, but anyone can publish a cultivar by simply describing it in print. The only source that tries to track all named cultivars is a paid site, http://cultivar.org/
Wow, thanks so much for this treasure trove of information!