Procumbent Juniper Progression

This procumbent juniper was collected from my garden in 2003. The roots and branches were cut back severely and it was placed in a deep plastic pot to recover. Unfortunately, I do not have any photographs from this early period. In 2006 it was removed from the plastic pot and placed in its current pot. Around about the same time, one of the horizontal branches was wired upward to form an apex. The branch set in a single growing season. No more work was carried out until 2011, when the first photograph was taken. At the start of 2011 the tree was removed from its pot and the roots were trimmed back.


Later in the same year, I began to style the tree for the first time. In the second picture, some of the lower branches have been removed and in the third, the foliage has been thinned out for wiring.



At this stage, I was still not sure which side would be the front, so in the next picture which was taken in 2011 after the first full wiring, the tree is turned in the opposite direction.


In 2012, I began to increase the amount of fertilizer given to the tree and it seemed to respond well. In the autumn, I was able to start work on the shari and jins.


In the final picture, taken in the autumn of 2013, you can see that the foliage pads are developing well and a little more work has been carried out on the shari.



6 thoughts on “Procumbent Juniper Progression

  1. forgive me if i’m wrong. i have a similar tree,not so nice as yours.i always thought it was a juniperus squamata?
    love your shohin and pots.

  2. Here the juniperus squamata are very commen in the garden centers. I recognise them by the blue glow and the needles are slightly bigger.and stickery than a Procumbens but i’m not an expert.

    • Thanks for the information Orlando, I tend to use the term “procumbems” generically for all junipers of this type. Perhaps it would be better if I described them as procumbent.I’ll re-edit the title.

  3. Hi Robert
    I love them, but my issue is they never mature so if you have one you are constantly pulling off the little brown tails if you want it to look clean.
    Qualicum Brian

    • Thanks for your input Brian. I agree that pulling the brown tails off can be tedious but the satisfaction I get from seeing my trees look clean and tidy makes it all worthwhile for me

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