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boon

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Texas Ash Juniper
« on: March 27, 2010, 12:39 AM »
This is a big one.  An old timer gave Mr. and Mrs. Smith a large ash juniper. 
We repotted and put it in Boon Mix 2 years ago.  We bare root the front half of the rootball.  It recovered very quickly. We let it grow for the whole year. We removed old needle and lightly prune in October.   In July, we did some heavy bending on the top of the tree and also the slant trunk.  then let it grow again.
Last fall Oct, 2009, we wired the whole tree.  it grew strong.
the picture from all 4 sides
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2010, 12:43 AM »
We removed old needles before wiring.  Old weak branches and old long branches were removed
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 12:50 AM »
After it grew strong, new buds will grow in the interior.  they are kept and let grow.  now it is stong enough to take over.  We can cut off long branches.
Mr. Smith held the paper
close up of the branches
after cutting long branches off. (Cut back)

this will rejuvenate the tree and help keeping it compact
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2010, 12:54 AM »
close up on the branch that was cut back
Mrs. Smith worked on the tree.
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2010, 12:57 AM »
close up pic of the structure of the pad from above.  we have branches on both left and right and top of the branch
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2010, 01:00 AM »
after thinning
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2010, 06:42 AM »
All,

A very interesting species. Juniperus ashei is a drought tolerant evergreen native to northeastern Mexico, south central United States north to southern Missouri. Most prevalent in central Texas where it can develop large stands. It is considered a weed my many ranchers because cattle will not graze on it.

Love the tree.

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2010, 05:40 PM »
Amazing juniper Boon, thanks for sharing. The Ashe Juniper is called " cedar ", by the locals, and the source of the dreaded " cedar fever ", a real problem to allergy sufferers.  This tree shows it is collectable indeed, a beautiful specimen.
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2010, 01:51 PM »
Here's a much earlier picture of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
 

boon

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2010, 05:22 PM »
All,

A very interesting species. Juniperus ashei is a drought tolerant evergreen native to northeastern Mexico, south central United States north to southern Missouri. Most prevalent in central Texas where it can develop large stands. It is considered a weed my many ranchers because cattle will not graze on it.

Love the tree.

JRob

in Texas, bonsai enthusiasts have been using it for decades.  it has been a touchy tree to some.  it die easily and it turn juvenile(needle like foliage) easily .
i have not have thoses problem with the way we work on them.  after about 7 years of working with this specie.  we have not lost one tree yet.  they are all growing very well. 

we would love to find the weed tree with twists and curves.
thanks,
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2010, 05:27 PM »
Amazing juniper Boon, thanks for sharing. The Ashe Juniper is called " cedar ", by the locals, and the source of the dreaded " cedar fever ", a real problem to allergy sufferers.  This tree shows it is collectable indeed, a beautiful specimen.

I am allergic to pine and juniper pollen.  it is hard to work on when they are in bloom.  we work on several collected specimens.  they have quite a few ash junipers in their collections.  the needles looks like itoigawa shimpaku but it is more leggy.
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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2010, 05:31 PM »
after wiring in October, 2009.  this is the work of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  they make beautiful bonsai.
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2010, 05:37 PM »
Here's a much earlier picture of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

when they are on the silver screen.

here is when they are at home.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2010, 05:40 PM by boon »
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2010, 06:59 PM »
Boon, it looks like Sylvia is getting around. At first I thought she was with Hiroshi Suzuki and then I realized That's Antonio Banderas.   ;D
Wood
 

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Re: Texas Ash Juniper
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2010, 07:29 PM »
Obviously a fantastic tree, and I have never worked on anything near this quality myself, so I feel I barely have any standing to make a comment . . .

That being said, the design of this tree seems to me to be a little too tall.  The large deadwood that moves so dramatically to the right would seem to set the tone of a tree that has been beaten down by the forces of nature, and has survived by staying low.  Having the apex somewhat lower, and with more motion to the right would seem to be keeping more in tune with the rest of the tree.

I'd welcome some thoughts from Boon or anyone else to help me understand the design better.

- bob