Itoigawa Juniper: work in progress part 2

The initial work was done in April, 2011, and is here:
It started here:


Went here:


Finished ’11 like this:


Repotting was easier than suspected, It had spent the last 15 years growing in a 1-gallon can, but the soil came away easily, and a good rootball was retained.



The problem that existed was that the best front to accentuate the trunk taper and movement placed the primary branch to the front. I tried a few tricks to attempt to reconcile the two.

Guy-wiring the branch out of the way:


Splitting the offending branch to pull it out of the way, an effective technique, but didn’t solve the problem:




Finally, removing it, leaving only a Jin that punctuates the movement:



The moral? Do what needs to be done the first time, to get down to the business of styling trees! What’s next? Winter wiring to re-establish the primary branch structure, and trim back the runners for the next few years to develop pads.


7 thoughts on “Itoigawa Juniper: work in progress part 2

  1. Easy to say – hard to heed. (that moral) Been there, done that. Matter of fact still there still doing that! 🙂 Looks GREAT!

  2. Excellent, totally agree with removing it, I thought that earlier too. However, consider this. Had you done the “right thing” earlier you would have denied yourself the experience of moving that branch around (valuable experience). I believe it was Neil that said the “thing” we are lacking in the West is technique. Every opportunity to do new and novel manipulations is what we need. I think we have the vision. It is the “technique” we need. Good job.

  3. Nice work and vision Brian. Do you have an idea how the callous will form over that broken branch in the long term? Like is the branch going to form a knot at that area?

  4. The right choice. Far better looking now and a more convincing tree. I would say that by waiting before removal you probably did the tree a favour. Removing too much foliage in one go with this species can result in juvenile foliage appearing and the tree sulking for years before strength returns.

    Nice blog, I’m now following you 🙂

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