Juniper first step styling

Shohin Bonsai Europe - Morten Albek

In the spring I acquired a raw stock Juniperus chinensis from a local bonsai shop. It was an award for a prize at the national exhibition. I selected this one from a selection of a few trees available. The reason why I chose this item was because of a twisted fat part of the trunk at the lowest part. The nebari also looks fine. Often this type of trees made in hundreds have a reverse tapered trunk, and likewise the lowest part very often is straight before the curves starts, making the specimens more or less useless. The ideal form is a trunk that begins its movement right from the base and continues the same way upwards.

What I first observed was a possibility to for a very compact small tree. This demands the top to be removed completely. I decided to keep the branch as a jinned dead wood…

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