Juniperus yamadori.

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This Juniperus yamadori has been photographed near the end of 1999. The tree was kept in a wooden box for about 5 years and was now ready for its first styling.

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The foliage was strong and healthy. There was only one branch which was hanging next to the trunk.

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First thing to do was cleaning up the dead wood, giving it more structure and refining the jins.

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I bended the one branch as compact as possible towards the trunk with some tension wires and I placed the foliage around it.

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After thinning out the foliage and selecting the usable branches I repotted the tree in an ample pot. The foliage wasn’t ready enough for a refined styling. Since the outer parts were thoroughly trimmed back and there was only inner foliage of lesser quality left, refining should best be postponed for a year or two. We refer to this as a pre-styling with instant powerful regrowth.

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Possible back side. During pre-styling no definite front side is chosen yet.


Five years later the tree was presented on a “Ginkgo Bonsai Award”. Back then it was still supported by wire. A front side was chosen and a good suitable pot. On this picture taken in 2005 it is the first fully grown stage. The way to maturity however is still a long one. There is a big difference between trees with dense foliage and mature old trees.  About the further refining one can read post 05/11/2012 “Preparing for rewiring” and a next step in post 08/11/2012 “Wiring and positioning branches Juniperus”.

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