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Thuja occidentalis Mr Bowling Ball

White cedar 'Mr Bowling Ball'

Forms a perfect ball without pruning

An excellent, compact dwarf conifer growing slowly to a ball 60cm (2ft) in diameter. The dense, lacy, aromatic foliage is deep emerald-green throughout the year and has wonderful texture. A good structure shrub planted singly or in small groups in a planting scheme that can be used as an alternative to trimmed box. It maintains an attractive, tidy form and never gets too large. Perfect for the small garden.


Plant in full sun or partial shade in beds and borders. Good for rock and gravel gardens, also pots and containers.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Cover soil surface around the plant with grit or gravel to prevent soil splash and keep foliage clean. Use a loam-based compost in pots and containers. No pruning required. 

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 Yes
Plant height 80 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 60 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Contact with foliage may irritate the skin
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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 Patio container, Rock garden

Typically available

From January to December