Newly acquired juniper suggestion for front and styles

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Newly acquired juniper suggestion for front and styles

Post  Clever on Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:54 pm

I got this great juniper pre-bonsai today. It's a decent size, the pot that its in is 10" diameter. I'm trying to decide on a front and how to style it and figure I would post it here for suggestions. At the moment I like the first image and the 3rd on down in the right column.

Any input is welcome!!


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Re: Newly acquired juniper suggestion for front and styles

Post  JimLewis on Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:02 pm

Looks like a good tree to work on. Using the first photo (the individual pics are too small for my talents with virtuals), the tree is too tall. I'd shorten it by 1/3, then remove the lowest branches.

The lack of taper may be your largest problem. I can't see if there is a candidate branch for a new top.

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Post  bonsaisr on Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:37 pm

I respectfully disagree. I would NOT remove the lowest branches at this point. No We need a third opinion.
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Re: Newly acquired juniper suggestion for front and styles

Post  JimLewis on Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:11 pm

The lowest branches are nothing but twigs. They provide nothing to the tree and their use as sacrifice branches is negligible, as far as I can see. But it won't hurt to keep them there; just makes it a bit more difficult to see a design for the tree.

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Re: Newly acquired juniper suggestion for front and styles

Post  Clever on Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:12 am

Thanks for the input.

Jim - not that I'm opposed to it but if I cut the top third of the tree there really isn't a suitable candidate left for a leader and no canopy would be remaining. I was considering leaning the tree a considerable amount to the right and removing some of the lower branches.

Iris- I agree the more advice the better!

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