On a visit to Aichi-en last fall, I saw a juniper that was a little too much.
The other side
Aichi-en apprentice Juan Andrade wasn’t very convinced by this tree with artificial twists. Junichiro Tanaka, on the other hand, suggested that the tree might take on more character as it ages and prove to be a more compelling bonsai at some point in the future. I’m curious as to how the tree might change over time in a way that downplays the barber’s pole effect.
Loosening up the twists a bit might look less artificial.
Less twisty shimpaku
The tree above has more relaxed curves which strike me as less forced. The twists are, however, fairly even which makes me wonder if the tree was collected or farmed.
More random twists seem less likely to be artificial. The juniper below has very interesting movement and irregular twists.
Irregular twists – shimpaku
Now, imagine someone took a younger version of one of these junipers and gave it a loop-the-loop.
I don’t know where this tree came from, but I can’t help but guess that it didn’t grow this way naturally.
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