On my last visit to Aichi-en, Juan Andrade and I took some time to compare the different foliage on some of the needle junipers in the garden.
Needle juniper foliage
It turns out there can be quite a difference in leaf size between specimens. If you’re working with a small tree, smaller foliage is desirable.
Small needle juniper
The foliage on the juniper below is good, but not as compact as the foliage on the above specimens.
The foliage below is somewhat large for such a small tree.
Here’s another tree with compact foliage.
Foliage size is less important for larger specimens, though needle color, health, and density all matter for these trees. Here are two of the larger specimens in the garden.
Large needle juniper
Needle juniper – fun deadwood
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