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Species Specific => North American Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: MatsuBonsai on September 17, 2010, 07:04 PM

Title: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 17, 2010, 07:04 PM
I picked this one up at the Cinci White Elephant Sale last night.  I'm not sure why, but I was the only bidder on this tree in the silent auction.  Seems that was the case for several of the trees.

If I remember correctly, this one was purchased from Andy Smith and styled by Danny Use.

Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 17, 2010, 07:05 PM
Though incredibly healthy, it's shaky in the mica pot (poorly wired in).  It will definitely be repotted next Spring.  The main heavy wiring looks to be ok, although it was wrapped in some kind of tape before wiring.  The fine wiring is a mess, and I'm not sure who or when this was done.  It will be rewired soon.
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: andrew on September 17, 2010, 07:15 PM
That's a really cool tree, John.
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: cbobgo on September 17, 2010, 11:17 PM
does all the foliage come from the upper trunk, and the lower trunk is just jin?  Or is the lower trunk alive?

- bob
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 18, 2010, 09:12 AM
Thanks Andrew.

Bob, there's foliage at each level on each branch all along the way.  There's plenty of jin and shari, too.  What looks like a big bend down at the top is actually a big bend up!  It looks like the tree was a natural "C" shape with the top splitting to a "Y", part of which was bent up to form the apex.

I'll try to email the original owner to get more info on the tree.  I forgot to ask when all this was done.  Someone mentioned MABA at the sale, and Danny Use was there in 2008, but I'm not sure it was the owner of this tree, nor if it was in fact Danny.  I'll try to confirm and post back.
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: rockm on September 18, 2010, 01:05 PM
The lack of bids may be due to the significant inverse taper at the base of the trunk. That's a hard thing to overcome....
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: John Kirby on September 18, 2010, 03:30 PM
Actually Mark, shouldn't be hard. Kill one of the trunks carve the deadwood and make it less apparent. Last I checked the deadwood style junipers (even in Japan) frequently have inverse taper and are still considered beautiful.I told John in a private email that I would graft it. I would also shorten it and develop the dead wood.

John
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 18, 2010, 03:32 PM
The lack of bids may be due to the significant inverse taper at the base of the trunk. That's a hard thing to overcome....

Fair enough.  Though, that's not really a concern for a several hundred year old collected tree.  You get what you get.  Besides, it's only inverse from certain sides.  It's significantly wide (and flat) from other sides.
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 18, 2010, 03:37 PM
I spent some time with the tree this afternoon.  I've cleaned up the bark, took off the (awful) wire, and cleaned the top inch or so of soil.  I even applied lime sulfur to some of the deadwood.  

First and foremost it needs to repotted into better soil.  It looks like the current soil is a mix of mountain dirt and pine bark mix soil.  Neither is something I'm particularly happy with, so it will repotted in Spring.  Regular mix with some more pumice added, at John Kirby's suggestion.

Once I figure out if I can remove the super long roots on either sides (or back and front, depending).  After that, or at that time, perhaps shorten, perhaps lean, or something else altogether.

I'll try to get a better photo with a clean background if anyone is interested in doing a virtual or two.
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on March 12, 2011, 06:20 PM
When Peter Tea was here we took a look at the RMJ.  Not much was done other than repotting and removal of some unnecessary branches.  As expected, the roots were way at the ends on either side of the pot, off of two very long roots.  New Zealand Sphagnum Moss has been mounded up close to the trunk in hopes that roots will sprout and I can remove the long/thick stuff.  If not, I've already got a few whips for root grafts.  At least it's out of the nasty soil the previous owner had it in.  It's also tied tighter (better) into the pot, which should help.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: Tom Mounce on April 03, 2012, 01:58 PM
John, I don't even remember that tree from the 2010 sale and I was probably running the silent auction. I have been trying to downsize the last few years and usually only bid on one, maybe two trees at the auctions. Will be nice with a little work.

Tom
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 03, 2012, 02:59 PM
That might have been the year that Doug hurt his back and only brought a few trees. Everyone else was fighting over a big azalea, leaving this one all for me.
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 03, 2012, 08:21 PM
Owen was here in December and did a little work on this one, seen here (http://bonsaistudygroup.com/general-discussion/owen-reich-workshop/).

Didn't get home before the sun ran away to get a new photo.  Rain for the next few days, but I should be able to get a new picture up this weekend.
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: Sorce on April 10, 2014, 08:22 AM
Hey John,

  Its almost the weekend!  +2 years!

Hows this one?

Thanks
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 14, 2014, 09:29 AM
Doing well.  It's out of the hoop house now.  The wire has been removed and needs another round. 
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: Joshua Hanzman on April 14, 2014, 11:40 AM
I really like the view from your last picture, I am partial to strong movement in junipers and the complement of the right trunk's curve at the top really solidifies a strong feeling of movement for me, very nice tree! Furthermore, from that angle I can't even see any inverse taper, I guess changing the planting angle widened the base enough where the inverse is not visible?
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: Sorce on April 14, 2014, 10:08 PM
 :wwo :wwo :wwo :wwo

4? Sorry. Still true!  ;D
Title: Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 15, 2014, 08:58 AM
Yeah, I hear ya.  I'll try really hard this weekend to get updated pictures.  Though, it's kind of shaggy at the moment.