An evergreen ball tree enhances the front yard

An evergreen ball tree enhances the front yard

Spherical conifers

When looking for an evergreen spherical tree, the easy-care and robust conifers are of course an obvious idea - except for the native larch (which also does not grow in a spherical shape), the needles stay on the tree for several years and are not discarded in autumn, as is the case with deciduous trees. There are two forms of spherical conifers: False cypresses (such as Lawson's false cypress), the native yew, the sugar loaf spruce or the Korean fir can often be cut into spheres, but they do not naturally grow that way. For this reason, regular shaped cuts are necessary. Other varieties are specially bred with a spherical crown and can be planted either as a ground-covering shrub or as a half or standard stem. We have summarized the most beautiful varieties for you in the table below.

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Tree speciesVariety nameLatin nameLocationStatureWidthparticularities
Ball cork fir'Green Globe'Abies lasiocarpaSun to partial shadeup to two metersup to one and a half metersperfect for rock gardens
Dwarf tree of life'Tiny Tim'Thuja occidentalisSun to partial shadeup to 100 centimetersup to 150 centimetersbroad globular growth
Dwarf globe tree of life'Danica'Thuja occidentalisSun to partial shadeup to 80 centimetersup to 100 centimetersideal for bucket culture
Ball pine'Pug'Pinus mugoSun to partial shadeup to 150 centimetersup to 150 centimetersground-covering, spherical shape
Globular hooked or mountain pine'Heather pearl'Pinus mugoSunup to 80 centimetersup to 60 centimetersbushy, small tree
Globular hooked or mountain pine'Winter sun'Pinus mugoSun to partial shadeup to 50 centimetersup to 50 centimetersyellow needles, ideal for keeping in pots

Evergreen deciduous trees with a spherical crown

If you want it to be an evergreen, spherical deciduous tree, you have the choice between different types and varieties of

  • Holly (Ilex), such as the European holly (Ilex aquifolium) or the species Ilex meserveae and Ilex mutchagara
  • Common box (Buxus sempervirens)
  • Privet, for example the glossy liguster (Ligustrum lucidum)
  • Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)
  • Portuguese cherry laurel (Prunus lusitanica)
  • Spice laurel (Laurus nobilis)
  • as well as the winter green olive willow (Elaeagnus ebbingei)

With the exception of box, holly, privet and cherry laurel, however, these are non-winter-hardy species that must be grown in pots and kept frost-free over the winter. Furthermore, these evergreen trees do not naturally grow spherical, but have to be cut into shape accordingly. Such a ball looks particularly distinctive on a high trunk, for example.


The ball ginkgo 'Mariken' is also very easy to cut, but not evergreen. It only grows up to one meter high and is therefore wonderfully suitable for a bucket culture.