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Annas Magic Ball® Arborvitae

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 7
  • Height 10 - 15 Inches
  • Spread 10 - 15 Inches
  • Partial Sun to Full Sun

Anna’s Magic Ball Arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis 'Anna van Vloten', is a fantastic dwarf evergreen shrub that provides year round interest and brilliant color to the garden. The unique bright yellow foliage on this arborvitae can fit into any space, and is even tolerant of some shade, which most arborvitaes cannot handle.

This bush is native to North America, and requires minimal maintenance and care. Since the shrub is evergreen, it does not lose its foliage in the winter and consistently puts on a show no matter the season. These shrubs are very winter hardy due to the fact that they were developed in Canada. These also grow into a mounded habit without any pruning.

Grow these miniature shrubs in garden planters or small spaces. These are also great for forming low growing garden borders as a unique hedge.

Anna’s Magic Ball Arborvitae Care

Plant these bushes in deep well drained soil. Most arborvitae are very easy to care for, and the Anna’s Magic Ball is no different. These can be grown in planters, or small spaces. And can tolerate some shade throughout the day.

Pruning Anna’s Magic Ball Arborvitae is not necessary. These plants only get to be about 15 inches tall and wide. If you must trim, do so in early summer.

Anna’s Magic Ball Arborvitae Spacing

To grow these into a short hedge, plant 10 inches apart, center on center. It makes for a unique low mounded garden border, great along paths and walkways. Otherwise, you plant around 15 inches apart, center on center, for a more traditional look.

This plant was also featured in an article on Redfin about improving curb appeal by growing this plant in a garden planter!

Thuja occidentalis 'Anna van Vloten' Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3-7
Flower Color(s): n/a
Bloom Period: n/a
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Exposure: Part Sun to Sun
Height: 10-15 Inches
Spread: 10-15 Inches
Spacing: 10-18 Inches
Habit: Mounded
Blooms On: n/a
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Evergreen
Scientific Name: Thuja occidentalis 'Anna van Vloten' USPP 25,868
Common Name: Annas Magic Ball® Arborvitae
Brand: Proven Winners®

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 7-10 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Winter to Early Spring

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Fall into Winter

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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Annas Magic Ball® Arborvitae Show Reviews

  • 5
    Used in a planter

    Posted by German Shepherd Mama on Dec 7th 2018

    I bought 2 of these to grow in planters on my porch. I wanted something that would look great year round, and not require a lot of care. Very happy with my choice!