A well-traveled Itoigawa Juniper, part 2

The tree arrived still fully wired by Marco from April 2010, and it was time to remove the wires. From the amount of wire, and the use of 22-gauge copper on every single branch, it looked like it had been wired for show. It was later I found the photos of the OKC show (from last week’s post).


A before and after shot:



Next up, clean out the dead twigs and weakest growth from the interior.



In the spring, I’ll prune it back a little to encourage the smaller buds in the interior to grow:


Then, to get more familiar with the tree, I scrubbed the deadwood, and tried to remove the remnants of what appeared to be a wood preservative.


So here it is for the moment.
Original front:

Back…or new Potential front…?


Soon I’ll start weighing out the pros and cons on each of the two potential fronts. Which do you prefer, the original front or the back?


5 thoughts on “A well-traveled Itoigawa Juniper, part 2

  1. Really like the original front because of the live vain and trunk movement…
    Nice to see its being taken care of and allowing more attention on development…

  2. I like the new front if you can show more live vein on the edge by slightly rotating, twisting, tilting, or even carving the tree. It looks to have a little too much mass of deadwood as is. Original front, with two veins is too predictable, static, and looks like railroad tracks. However, nice tree! I am anxious to see what your magic wand does.

  3. Stunning tree Brian. It will be great no matter which side you choose. However, I prefer the original front. (Sorry Ron…I must disagree) I think there is a lot more interest in the live veins on side A. To my eye the original side live veins seem less predictable and static than simply going up a single side. I do like the feeling of power that the back side has… but it just doesn’t take advantage of the live veins, which are the part of the juniper that ads contrast and leads the eye.

    Is it possible for you to arrange the foliage to be showable from either side? This would be a nice styling challenge, and useful for different display possibilities.

  4. I think the original front is like a geisha bowing from the hips to greet you, with arms outstretched and kimono sleeves billowing. She is facing the viewer.

    The new front is like the same geisha facing away, but turning to look at you.

    With the front you get her face, her arms, the folds of the kimono, and her feet as they clearly support her. With the back you get mostly kimono and her feet don’t support her as clearly. Both are good views, but I’d like my geisha to face me.

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