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my only shimpaku

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Herman:

--- Quote from: M. Frary on August 29, 2014, 05:21 AM ---  Hi Herman. I think it's coming along wonderfully. All about the shimpakus now since I managed to get some. Is it tough to get good stock in South Africa? You have some nice trees and was just wondering.

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Hi M.Frary

First off, Thanks for the compliment dude :)

we have no shortage of indigenous material, even if the bonsai nurseries sells sticks in pots of them at ridiculous prices, I am able to cross the road and go collecting seed in the bush(most grow ridiculously fast like 6+ inch trunks in 10 years) :) with exotics its another story...we've got the deciduous but we seem severely lacking in coniferous exotic materials... especially good quality pines and junipers, what you get is prob going to take a long time to get into shape, it was pure luck that i came to buy the tree in this thread(even though its nice material and not head turning jaw dropping material)...the rest I'm working on long term...very long term.

yes shimpaku's are AWESOME!! I simply love the tight foliage! I'm used to working on J. Virginiana "Grey Owl", J. X Media, J. Chinensis, J. Precumbens Nana and J. Scopulorum "Skyrocket"... so my next step is to graft a few selected junipers with some shimpaku foliage :)

it's a male shimpaku though, I'm still looking for a female one. It looks silly when this tree flowers....looks like the ends of the foliage is turning to popcorn...

kind regards
Herman

Herman:

--- Quote from: Sorce on August 29, 2014, 05:28 AM ---Nice.

But I want to see the rest of that oak.  ;)

Sorce


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Hellooo Sorceman

HAHA I'll do a thread once it buds out, if I'm allowed to lol, it's my better half's oak, I have one too. strange trees these common european oaks, I like the evergreen oaks way more!! my Fav being Suber prob due to their robust nature :) and awesome bark!!

kind regards
Herman



M. Frary:
  Just learned something new. I didn't know there were male and female junipers. Females have the berries right? If so I have a girl?  The other two I have must be prepubescent. No flowers or berries yet.
  I've been working on parsons and procumbens. I like them. But from now on I'm after shimpaku. I have never grafted anything but everything that comes off of my shimpakus will be used as a cutting or air layered off. They are kind of expensive.
  Keep us posted please Herman

Sorce:
Those are the his and her oaks. I have seen them. I think it was them.

Any J. Virginia pics?

That is what my rooted cuttings are of, I believe. Love to see what you have done with them.

Sorce

VanceWood:

--- Quote from: Sorce on August 30, 2014, 03:47 AM ---Those are the his and her oaks. I have seen them. I think it was them.

Any J. Virginia pics?

That is what my rooted cuttings are of, I believe. Love to see what you have done with them.

Sorce

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Actually you and every one else and whoever else they say they got their information from are wrong.   Shimpakus are a sub-species of Sargents Juniper which is a sub species of Chines Juniper along with the Phitzers, Hollywood, and almost any Juniper you can think of are all Dioecious meaning that they have both male and female reproductive parts.  Michael A Dirr's Book Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Says so. I know that this misinformation has been floating around the INTERNET for years and I just finally got fed up with tolerating misinformation.  But you can see how some really good people can be deceived by accepting information that they do not confirm.  I will allow one possible exception:  Understanding that it is highly improbable that your Shimpaku is a Yamadori it is likely the product of a cutting.  If the cutting was taken from a scion that had male flowers on it the possibility is there that the tree may only produce male parts.  However I think this is unlikely.  I have a lot of Shimpakus, or at least I used to have them, I have noticed both parts on the same trees.

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