Thuja occidentalis 'Linesville' / Linesville arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis 'Linesville' grows naturally and uniformly in a compact globe or ball form with light-green juvenile foliage. Plants will grows to about 3 feet (1 m) tall and wide after 10 years in the landscape, an annual growth rate of around 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm). In winter, when planted in a colder climate, foliage will predictably shift to a bronze cast, typical of many arborvitae cultivars.

The most commonly seen name for this cultivar in the nursery trade is Mr. Bowling Ball™, a trademark name registered on April 29, 2003 and issued to James Zampini, doing business as Lake County Nursery, Perry, Ohio. This cultivar is registered under the cultivar name of Thuja occidentalis 'Bobazam' with a trademarked common name of Mr. Bowling Ball™. It is listed in the Lake County Nursery catalog under this cultivar and common name and by other licensed growers where is it sometimes marketed under the name, Mr. Bowling Ball™. Click on the preceding link for more information and pictures pertaining to this cultivar.

Attribution from: Published in the American Nurseryman magazine in the December 15, 1997 issue.ACS Bulletin, 15(1):35Lake County Nursery catalog, 2003.

Thuja occidentalis 'Linesville' 2007 donation.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Thuja occidentalis 'Linesville' Age estimated at 4 years
Photo by Dennis Groh
Thuja occidentalis 'Linesville' The plant shown in the photo is about 5 years of age from a cutting in Ann Arbor, MI. It is about 3' in diameter.
Photo by Charlene Harris
Thuja occidentalis 'Linesville' foliage This specimen displays primarily juvenile foliage. Mature plants may develop adult foliage with age. To date I have not witnessed this habit.
Photo by Bill Barger
Thuja occidentalis 'Linesville' Nice specimen exhibiting the unique habit of this plant. This specimen is approx. 6 years old.
Photo by Bill Barger


Jenny Collins

Planted 2 Thuja occidentalis 'Linesville' late summer, 2021. Carefully followed planting instructions. They looked okay until recently when they developed brown spots on the upper part of the plant in several places. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks!