Thuja occidentalis Mr. Bowling Ball ('Bobozam')
Thuja occidentalis 'Mr. Bowling Ball' ('Bobozam') photo Suzanne Patry at Iseli Nursery

Eastern White Cedar

This silvery-green, dwarf Cedar looks like an oversized bowling ball, except for its fine, almost lacy, texture. It is a reliable, mid-size, spherical bush that has many uses in the landscape. It is hardy, durable and adaptable to many conditions.

  • Height: 61-91 cm (24-36 in)
  • Spread: 61-91 cm (24-36 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial shade
  • Foliage Colour: green
  • Shape: globe

Growing and Maintenance Tips

'Mr Bowling Ball' is easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions. Amend the soil by adding compost and ensure that it receives regular watering because cedars need an evenly moist soil. Pruning is seldom necessary to keep the rounded shape. It will welcome protection from the hot afternoon sun but too much shade will cause the foliage to be less dense. Despite the severe winter of 2014 our newly planted specimen came through the winter with no burning or dieback.