30 Year Juniper Development Story

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog.

Most young bonsai plants are put in larger pots or in the ground to bulk them up. This is one example of a tree grown only in a very small pot, for 30 years. We don’t get a large trunk that way, but the gain is in micro-detailing. The juniper featured here started as an Eastern Red Cedar, Juniperus virginiana. I say ‘started’, as I grafted the young plant with Kishu shimpaku, and after that only the lower half of the trunk was Red Cedar. Here’s the first photo I have of the Red Cedar, from about 1993. I collected it in 1991. It looks about 7″ / 18cm tall. Though rather uninspiring then, I think I kept it because it lived. The pots did change over the years, with the pot volume only kept proportional, never oversized, for the next 30 years. Here’s the juniper today in 2021, 18″ / 46cm high. It was grafted with Kishu shimpaku in about 2001, when it was about 10 years old. The single graft was placed about halfway up the trunk, with the original Red Cedar foliage cut off a year or two later. Over the last 20 years I’ve put movement into the trunk and branches with wire—piecemeal, over a long period, simply inputting movement, and not planning far ahead for how that movement would ‘work’ in a final design. This year a branch died near the top, and, not to be outdone, I cut off a couple lower ones. Here it…

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