Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae
Get ready to roll nothing but strikes! Mr. Bowling Ball® Arborvitae is a perfect globe that will turn you into a landscaping pro. This tidy evergreen adds structure to your borders all year long. What’s more, it maintains its rounded shape on its own—your pruners will never leave the shed. Plant a row of Bowling Balls to serve as a clean, crisp edging for a flower bed, or use Mr. Bowling Ball® to completely encircle a bed of colorful Spirits, framing it like a painting. Part of our Accents program, this compact cutie also works well as a solo accent where some year-round definition is needed.
Arborvitae means “Tree of Life,” but when this Arborvitae was discovered in 1985, it was barely hanging on. It originated as a witch’s broom, a tight cluster of growth that sometimes appears on evergreens (the source of most mini evergreen trees). The witch’s broom was mostly dead, but its discoverer, Joe Stupka, was a skilled propagator, and he managed to get a piece of it to live. He named the plant Linesville, after the town in Pennsylvania where he found it. In 2003, Linesville Arborvitae became a hit when Lake County Nursery in Ohio gave it a catchy new name: Mr. Bowling Ball®.
Don’t be alarmed if your Mr. Bowling Ball® Arborvitae takes on bronzy or plum-colored hues in winter. This is perfectly normal. When the weather warms in spring, the rich green color will return. Growing Mr. Bowling Ball® in a sheltered position away from cold winter winds will keep the foliage greener through the dormant season.
How to Grow
Mr. Bowling Ball® Eastern Arborvitae is simple to grow in full sun or light shade. Give it regular water in summer (once a week if no rain falls) and make sure the soil drains well. Mulch with bark, wood chips, or pine straw to keep the root zone cool and moist. Feed with Bower & Branch Elements™ Fertilizer to encourage a strong root system and drive optimum growth. Few major pests or diseases trouble Mr. Bowling Ball®, although deer browse may be an issue. In areas where deer are a problem, apply a deterrent such as Plantskydd® Pest Repellent regularly.
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