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Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae

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Twice a monthFull sunDeer resistant
  • Naturally Rounded Form: Unlike other arborvitaes, the Mr. Bowling Ball has a naturally globe-shaped form, eliminating the need for frequent shaping and pruning.
  • Drought Tolerant: Once established, this Arborvitae variety showcases impressive drought resistance, making it a robust choice for various climates and conditions.
  • Resilient to Pests: The Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae is less attractive to deer and other pests, ensuring its foliage remains untouched and vibrant throughout the year.

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The Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae, scientifically known as Thuja occidentalis 'Bobozam', is a standout evergreen shrub that adds a sphere of lush greenery to any landscape. Its compact and naturally rounded shape makes it a unique addition to gardens, requiring minimal maintenance. The dense, soft foliage of this Arborvitae variety ensures year-round interest, making it an ideal choice for those looking to enhance their outdoor spaces with enduring beauty.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate, reaching a mature height and width of 2-3 feet.

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Pruning: The naturally rounded form of the Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae requires minimal pruning. If desired, light pruning can be done in early spring to maintain its shape or remove any damaged branches.

Fertilization: Apply a slow-release granular fertilizer in early spring, ensuring it's designed for evergreen shrubs. This will provide the nutrients needed for healthy growth and lush foliage.

Winter Protection: Although hardy, in extremely cold regions, it may benefit from a light mulch layer around its base to protect its roots. In windy areas, consider shielding it from harsh winter winds.

Select a location that offers well-draining soil and receives ample sunlight. Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and as deep. Place the plant in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the ground surface. Backfill with soil, gently compacting as you go. Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil. Mulch around the base to retain moisture and deter weeds.

This Arborvitae variety thrives in full sun to partial shade, soaking up at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day. For watering, ensure the soil remains moist but well-draining, especially during its initial growth phase. Once established, its drought-tolerant nature comes into play, necessitating deep watering only during extended dry periods.

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Zones 3-7

Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae thrives in USDA zones 3-7, making it suitable for a wide range of climates. Whether you're in the colder northern states or the milder central zones, this plant maintains its robust growth and elegant appearance. Its versatility and hardiness make it a favorite among garden enthusiasts across multiple regions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae typically reaches a mature size of about 2 to 3 feet tall and wide over several years of growth. This compact and rounded evergreen shrub is known for its dwarf habit, making it an ideal choice for smaller gardens, borders, or container plantings.

Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae is a slow-growing evergreen shrub that typically grows at a moderate rate. It typically reaches a mature size of about 2 to 3 feet tall and wide over several years, making it an excellent choice for small gardens, borders, or containers where space is limited. The exact growth rate can vary depending on factors such as growing conditions, climate, and care practices. Generally, you can expect Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae to add a few inches of growth per year under optimal conditions.

Caring for Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae involves providing the right growing conditions and regular maintenance to ensure its health and appearance:

Watering: Water newly planted Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae regularly to keep the soil consistently moist, but not waterlogged, during the establishment period. Once established, water deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

Fertilizing: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for evergreen shrubs in spring, following the manufacturer's instructions. Avoid applying fertilizer late in the growing season, as it can stimulate new growth that may be susceptible to winter damage.

Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as wood chips or shredded bark, around the base of the plant to help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch several inches away from the trunk to prevent moisture-related issues.

Pruning: Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae typically maintains its rounded, compact shape without requiring extensive pruning. However, you can trim stray or damaged branches as needed to maintain its appearance. Avoid heavy pruning, especially in late summer or early fall, as this can stimulate new growth that may be susceptible to frost damage.

Protection from Winter Damage: In regions with harsh winters, consider wrapping young Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae plants with burlap or providing windbreaks to protect them from desiccating winter winds. Avoid using anti-transpirants, as they may interfere with the plant's natural processes.

Pest and Disease Management: Monitor for common arborvitae pests, such as spider mites and bagworms, and treat infestations promptly using insecticidal soap or horticultural oil, following label instructions. Ensure good airflow around the plant to discourage fungal diseases.

Sunlight and Soil: Plant Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae in a location with full to partial sunlight and well-draining soil. While it can tolerate some shade, it typically thrives in sunny locations. Ensure the soil is rich in organic matter and has good drainage to prevent waterlogging.

By providing proper care and attention, you can enjoy healthy and vibrant Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae plants in your landscape.

The best place to plant Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae is in a location that meets its specific growing requirements:

Sunlight: Plant Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae in a location that receives full to partial sunlight. While it can tolerate some shade, it typically thrives in areas with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Soil: Choose a well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Arborvitae prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil pH. Ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging, as waterlogged soil can lead to root rot.

Moisture: Provide consistent moisture, especially during the establishment period. Once established, Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae is relatively drought-tolerant but will benefit from regular watering during dry spells.

Space: Give Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae enough space to reach its mature size without crowding. This compact variety typically grows to about 2-3 feet tall and wide, so plant them at least 2-3 feet apart to allow for adequate airflow and growth.

Protection from Wind: While tolerant of wind, young Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae plants may benefit from some protection from strong winds, especially in exposed locations. Planting them near a fence or larger shrubs can provide some windbreak.

Climate: Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae is cold-hardy and can thrive in a wide range of climates, including USDA hardiness zones 3-8. It may require additional protection in extremely hot or cold climates, such as providing shade during hot summers or mulching around the base in winter to protect roots from frost.

By selecting an appropriate planting site and providing proper care, you can ensure the health and vitality of your Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae plants.

Yes, you can prune Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae. Here are some guidelines for pruning:

Timing: The best time to prune Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae is in the late winter or early spring before new growth begins. However, light pruning can be done throughout the growing season as needed.

Tools: Use clean and sharp pruning shears or hedge trimmers to make precise cuts. Disinfect your tools before and after use to prevent the spread of diseases.

Shape: Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae has a naturally rounded and compact growth habit, so prune to maintain its desired shape and size. Remove any stray or wayward branches to keep the plant neat and uniform.

Size Control: If the plant is outgrowing its space, you can prune it back to the desired height and width. However, avoid cutting into old wood as it may not regenerate new growth.

Dead or Diseased Branches: Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches as soon as you notice them. Cut back to healthy tissue to promote new growth.

Thinning: To improve air circulation and light penetration, selectively thin out congested areas within the plant by removing some of the inner branches.

Avoid Over-Pruning: While Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae responds well to pruning, avoid excessive pruning that can weaken the plant or disrupt its natural form.

Always step back periodically to assess the plant's shape and progress while pruning, and aim for a balanced and healthy appearance.

Yes, you should remove brown foliage on your Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae. Here's how to do it properly:

Identify Dead Foliage: Look for areas of the plant where the foliage has turned completely brown and feels dry to the touch. This could indicate dead foliage due to various reasons such as drought, disease, or winter damage.

Pruning: Using clean and sharp pruning shears, carefully trim off the brown foliage. Make your cuts just above a healthy green branch or node, ensuring you don't leave behind stubs.

Dispose of Debris: Collect and dispose of the removed brown foliage to prevent the spread of any potential diseases or pests.

Inspect for Underlying Issues: While pruning, inspect the plant for any signs of pests, disease, or environmental stressors that may have caused the browning. Address any underlying issues promptly to promote the overall health of the plant.

Monitor and Maintain: Regularly monitor your arborvitae for any further signs of browning or stress. Provide appropriate watering, fertilization, and care to help prevent future issues.

To fertilize Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae follow these steps:

Timing: Fertilize in early spring before new growth emerges or in late fall after growth has stopped.

Selecting Fertilizer: Choose a balanced, slow-release fertilizer formulated for evergreen shrubs. Look for one with a ratio such as 10-10-10 or 12-6-6.

Application: Spread the fertilizer evenly around the base of the plant, following the instructions on the fertilizer package regarding the amount to apply per square foot. Avoid placing the fertilizer directly against the trunk.

Watering: After applying fertilizer, water the area thoroughly to help the nutrients reach the roots.

Mulching: Consider adding a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Repeat: Depending on the fertilizer type and your soil conditions, you may need to repeat the fertilization process once or twice a year, following the same timing and application guidelines. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can harm the plant.

Yes, Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae is generally considered deer resistant. Arborvitaes, including Mr. Bowling Ball, contain oils and compounds that make them less palatable to deer. While no plant can be considered entirely deer-proof, Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae is less likely to be browsed by deer compared to more attractive or tasty plants. However, in times of extreme hunger or when deer populations are high, they may still nibble on arborvitaes. It's always a good idea to monitor your garden and take additional measures if deer become a problem.

When selecting companion plants for Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae, it's essential to consider plants that complement its compact, globe-shaped form and low-growing habit. Here are some suitable companion plants:

Dwarf evergreens: Consider planting other compact evergreens like dwarf Hinoki cypress or dwarf Alberta spruce to create a cohesive and visually appealing arrangement.

Ground Covers: Low-growing ground covers such as creeping phlox, woolly thyme, or creeping Jenny can provide attractive contrast while covering bare ground around the base of the arborvitae.

Perennial flowers: Choose perennial flowers that offer seasonal interest and complement the arborvitae's foliage color and texture. Some options include sedum, daylilies, and ornamental grasses like blue fescue.

Colorful foliage plants: Incorporate plants with colorful foliage to add visual interest. Coral bells , Japanese forest grass, and variegated hostas are excellent choices for their vibrant hues and varied textures.

Ornamental shrubs: Select small ornamental shrubs that won't overshadow the arborvitae but offer complementary features such as flowers, berries, or foliage color. Examples include dwarf spirea, dwarf Korean lilac, and dwarf mock orange.

When designing your garden bed or landscape, consider the growth habits, mature sizes, and maintenance requirements of each plant to ensure they harmonize well with the Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae while creating a visually appealing and balanced composition.

The browning of the inside foliage of your Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae can be due to several factors. One common reason is lack of sunlight reaching the inner branches, leading to the natural shedding of older foliage. This is typical for many evergreens, as they shed older leaves to make room for new growth. Additionally, improper watering, nutrient deficiencies, pests, or diseases could also contribute to browning foliage. To address this issue, consider providing adequate sunlight, ensuring proper watering practices, and monitoring for any signs of pests or diseases. If the browning persists or worsens, consulting with a local gardening expert or arborist may be beneficial for further diagnosis and treatment recommendations tailored to your specific plant's needs.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!