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Anna’s Magic Ball® Arborvitae

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A spectacular dwarf evergreen shrub with very fine-textured yellow juvenile foliage that turns gold in winter; forms a compact ball shape without pruning; ideal for home garden use and in rock gardens; best with some sun, protect from drying winds

Characteristics

Species:
occidentalis
Other Species Names:
Eastern White Cedar
Average Landscape Height:
18 inches
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Thuja
Cultivar:
Anna Van Vloten
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Summer Foliage Color:
yellow
Fall Color:
gold
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Anna's Magic Ball® Arborvitae is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has attractive yellow evergreen foliage. The ferny sprays of foliage are highly ornamental and turn gold in the fall, which persists throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Anna's Magic Ball® Arborvitae is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Anna's Magic Ball® Arborvitae will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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