In spring of 2018, I picked up a prostrata juniper from Kenji Miyata. The branches were long and the foliage was course but I liked the curves in the lower trunk. It was a perfect candidate for grafting.
I made one graft using itoigawa shimpaku foliage and spent the next three years reducing the original branches while the new growth filled in. I created a shari in the trunk near the end of the process and finally removed the last branch last week.
Here’s the progression.
Prostrata juniper – March, 2018
After carving – August, 2021
Grafted itoigawa juniper – 9-1/2″ tall
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