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Junipers from the Redwood Empire

Posted in Exhibits by Jonas Dupuich on August 28, 2012

I’m happy to share with you today some of the junipers on display at the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society’s 29th annual show in Santa Rosa, CA this past weekend.

The Sierra juniper below belongs to Deadwood Bonsai’s Ned Lycett. Lycett is an active collector, responsible for some of the really good junipers in the area. This Sierra is a beauty.

Sierra juniper - in training since 2005

Sierra juniper – in training since 2005

Deadwood detail

Trunk – deadwood detail

Collected Sierras tend to have significant trunks. The Sierras at this show were no exception.

Sierra juniper - in training since 1995

Sierra juniper in training since 1995 – great balance

Sierra juniper

Sierra juniper – informal upright

Sierra juniper - in training since 1995

Sierra juniper – in training since 1995

California junipers were also well represented at the exhibit. The tree below is very characteristic of the California growth habit with its strong twist and deadwood “fin” leading to a full array of smaller branches.

California juniper

Somewhat less common are Californias with a lighter feeling like the specimen below.

California juniper

California juniper display

Rarer still are small, powerful California junipers.

California juniper - in training since 1985

Mighty California juniper – in training since 1985

Many, but not all, of the shimpaku in local shows are grafted specimens. As such, they can take a variety of forms.

Shimpaku

Shimpaku

Shimpaku - in training 40 years

Old shimpaku – in training for 40 years

Shimpaku

Large cascade shimpaku

Shimpaku - in training since 1989

Shimpaku – in training since 1989

Shimpaku grafted on prostrata juniper - in training since 1994

Shimpaku grafted on prostrata juniper – in training since 1994

The exhibit also included several procumbens junipers, including the older specimens pictured below.

Procumbens juniper

Procumbens juniper

Procumbens juniper

Procumbens juniper

More trees from REBS’ show coming soon!

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  1. intecoolochoberord said, on August 28, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Fantastic and beautiful! Bonsai trees are truly an artform!

  2. brendenstudio said, on August 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing!

  3. bonsaiworld2011and2013 said, on August 31, 2012 at 8:25 am

    An excellent selection of photographs of multi-trunk trees. They always have a natural look, as a majority of these styles are common in woods or forests – a good place for inspiration!


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