Author Topic: Juniper Yamadori - The beast  (Read 2681 times)

jlushious

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Juniper Yamadori - The beast
« on: May 09, 2014, 09:39 AM »
I am starting a new thread for this, because I am hoping it will be a long-term project.

Collected May 6, 2014 from a yard. Long growth with foliage only at the ends of long branches. I am not sure what kind of juniper it is, a scale juniper for sure, it has tons of berries right now, most are a dark dusty blue colour. (Any help with ID would be awesome, I will take a few close-up photos of foliage tonight to help with that).

Really good root mass collected, it barely fit into the grow box, all the large roots were trimmed back, potted up in lava with a layer of sphagnum moss on top (because the lava is black I don't want it drying out too fast). Still a good amount of garden soil in the centre of the root ball, but the edges were cleaned up as much as I could without totally bare rooting it. Will have to remove that soil eventually.

I cleaned up all the dead interior twigs and had chopped back on a number of branches when I dug it up, leaving stubs for carving.

I am still not sure that I can see anything promising in this tree, a lot of the branches coming out of the base criss cross each other, so even if I were to carve it all, I don't know how good it will look.

All there is to do now is mist it like crazy and see if any new growth pops on the old wood lower down so I can reduce the length of the long branches, or this whole thing could end up in a garbage pile!

Edited: Also attached a doodle of what I could see this maybe hopefully looking like.. maybe too ambitious? It would use the front in pic #2.
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Re: Juniper Yamadori - The beast
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2014, 10:13 AM »
I see it. Nice.
 

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Re: Juniper Yamadori - The beast
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2014, 03:05 PM »
Just a matter of time until it back buds at the base but you could also consider grafting it with shimpaku at the base. Would save you some time and get you a better tree.

Grafting is really easy once you've tried it for the first time

I think your doodle is exactly what you should be aiming for with the tree like this one.
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Re: Juniper Yamadori - The beast
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2014, 09:36 PM »
Here are two close-ups of the foliage in case anyone can help me ID. I know it's a scale juniper, but I am not really familiar with the different types. It wasn't a real yamadori, and would have to be cold hardy to zone 3.
 

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Re: Juniper Yamadori - The beast
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2014, 01:27 AM »
Hi I believe what you have is a fungus.  Perhaps Phomopsis Tip Blight.  I suggest Heritage DF 50, Clearys 3336F, or Mancozeb, or a combination of all 3.  You'll need to rotate at least 2, 3 would be better to get rid of it.  Spray now, then again in the fall, whats happened is already gonna happen this year.  You can try to control it but your best bet for getting rid of it will be by spraying again this fall, and then again in early spring before things start growing.  Your tree won't die in one year, just keep the foliage dry and remove infected parts of the foliage when you are sure they're dying anyway. Keep it away from your other conifers as you don't want it to spread.

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/3000/3056.html

http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/heritage-df-50-fungicide-oz-bottle-p-1351.html

http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/clearys-3336f-fungicide-p-1345.html

http://www.amazon.com/Mancozeb-Flowable-Fungicide-Zinc-Pint/dp/B000BWZ9JO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399699929&sr=8-1&keywords=mancozeb
« Last Edit: May 10, 2014, 01:32 AM by beng »