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Seeking style guidance for an old procumbens juniper

Posted in Styling by Jonas Dupuich on November 15, 2013

I enjoyed last week’s discussion of an old procumbens juniper displayed at Yamato Bonsai Kai’s 42nd annual exhibit.

Procumbens juniper

Procumbens juniper

Some commenters suggested a few improvements for the tree. In response, I’d like to invite you to share your ideas graphically by indicating where the primary branches belong and providing an outline of the silhouette. If I get a few responses, I’ll post the results for your review.

Johnny's juniper - trunk

Outline of trunk

Bay Island Bonsai meetings occasionally include the same exercise. To see what others have done in the past, see “Where does the first branch go?” from a few years back.

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An old procumbens juniper

Posted in Styling by Jonas Dupuich on November 8, 2013

One of the trees that caught my attention at Yamato’s 42nd annual exhibit was an old procumbens juniper.

Procumbens juniper

Procumbens juniper

I haven’t seen a lot of other trees like it. The trunk is mostly straight and the branches are long. The apex is rounded, and the density of foliage is very even. It’s a striking tree – what do you think about it?

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Johnny’s juniper

Posted in Uncategorized by Jonas Dupuich on November 5, 2013

One of the trees at Yamato’s recent exhibit was familiar to me. I’d seen it, a sierra juniper, developed since the early 2000s and displayed along the way at local shows. While I don’t have a great photo history of the tree, I do have a couple of shots from a few years back to offer an idea of how the tree has changed over time.

Sierra juniper

Sierra juniper

Sierra juniper

As displayed at Yamato’s 42nd annual exhibit

Great deadwood

Deadwood detail

Johnny Uchida juniper

As displayed at Bay Island Bonsai’s 5th exhibit in 2004

Johnny Uchida juniper

After restyling – circa 2003

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Wiring a procumbens juniper

Posted in Before and after, Styling by Jonas Dupuich on September 10, 2013

At this past weekend’s Bay Island Bonsai workshop, I wired my procumbens juniper. I didn’t use any heavy wire or make severe bends – for the most part I used fairly small gauge wire (mostly 14-18 with some 12) to tighten up the silhouette. No big changes for now while the tree fills in after thinning.

Procumbens

Front – before

Procumbens juniper

Front – after

Procumbens

Left side – before

Procumbens juniper

Left side – after

Procumbens

Right side – before

Procumbens juniper

Right side – after

Procumbens

Back – before

Procumbens juniper

Back – after

As the branches increase in density, I will replace the remaining heavy branches with smaller ones to create a less helmet-like effect. A repotting is also in order, which may happen later this fall.

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