Losing trees: Tosho

Well, it has been a while since I lost a tree. Unfortunately, this was an imported, collected needle juniper. They’re uncommon. I have owned it for 4 years, and it’s always been healthy. It was repotted last in 2018, and doing fine until this spring.

January 1, winter color, nothing unusual.

End of February, still seems ok.

End of May, clearly dead.

What happened? Unpotting it revealed some rotting roots on one side: under the thickest of the moss, and very broken down soil underneath, with some earthworms present as well:

So what’s the verdict? Could be root rot, could be the late frost we had in April, could have been ready for a repot sooner, could have been too wet. Regardless, here’s a sad parting shot.

But I’ll end the post with one of my favorite photos of the tree. Club show, May 2018. On a David Knittle table, owned by a friend. The accent is Erodium in a Byron Myrick pot.

Tosho trimming…

Once it’s had a few weeks of strong growth, it is time to cut it back. I plan to show it in our club’s show in late May, so in late April, it was cut back so it would have a chance to soften by show time.

Tosho start a little later, and grow pretty vigorously. To get this one back in shape, easily 60% if the foliage was removed, and it will be right back again in 6 weeks. They love summer heat and plenty of water.