Arborvitae - Mr. Bowling Ball or Hetz Midget

labradoodlemomFebruary 26, 2012

I'm wondering if anyone has planted either of these compact arborviaes (Mr. Bowling Ball or Hetz Midget)? I was hoping to plant a row of boxwoods along my brick front path, but after all the new disease issues, I'm searching for a new option. These two arborvitaes seem attractive but I wanted to see if anyone had any feedback/insight!

THANKS, in advance!

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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The Lake County one is newer and less widely proven, in fact I haven't even seen it yet. So you might want to go with the 'Hetz Midget'.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 2:04PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

I'm assuming you don't have deer....

they find arborvitae quite attractive.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 2:48PM
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LOL! We DEFINITELY have deer, but these will be going in a fenced-in cottage garden area. :-)

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 3:17PM
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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

This is a pic of my 'Hetz Midget' at about 10-12 years old. It's about 3 1/2' x 3 1/2'


    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 6:45PM
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I LOVE my Mr Bowling Ball, it looks similar to TJ's Hetz Midget but is perfectly round, only about 2' X 2' after 2-3 years. Maybe I started with a bigger plant? Looks like HM can take less sun, I need to get one so I can compare it. If HM is less vigorous than Mr Bowling Ball I can still use it.

I have Mr Bowling Ball planted with a red-twigged dogwood (Alleman's Compact)and a compact cranberrybush viburnum in one corner of my yard. I plan to put another evergreen with my Elegantissima dogwood and other compact cranberrybush viburnum kitty-corner to that. I have a long, rectangular yard, and am hoping to tie them together.

This combination makes a nice four-season grouping. If you have another viburnum to pollinate the cranberrybush, you'll get red berries beginning in summer on the viburnum, red twigs on the dogwood in winter, creamy-white spring flowers on both deciduous shrubs, and soft green foliage all year on the evergreen.

I have tall day lilies and bee balm too, for seasonal color in part-shade.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 1:11PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Thuja occidentalis 'Bobazam' (Mr. Bowling ball) and 'Linesville' appear to be the same plant.

Eitherway I think MBB is much more interesting looking. Although TJ's specimen looks much more refined than the other HMs I've seen. Tough call if you are getting something similar to his plant.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 3:11PM
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One thing, Mr Bowling Ball doesn't mingle well. It will brown where other plants rub against it, and create a hole in the foliage. I STILL love mine, it is my all time favorite evergreen, sooo cute.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 3:48PM
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Here is a picture of Linesville.


    Bookmark   April 22, 2012 at 10:39PM
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