Prostrata Juniper 005

2012, This juniper was purchased at a Fresno Bonsai exhibit. It was a silent auction tree and I was the only one that bid on it. It was a left over tree from a GSBF convention workshop that was purchased by a Fresno club member. The starting bid for the tree was 100.00 and I made a bid of 125.00. That’s what the tree went for and I took it home.

I purchased the tree as it looks in the photo. Pretty hoky with the tall tree and the thin juniper trunk. I wanted it because I thought I could layer out the top of the tree for a nice Shohin tree.

The tree sat on my bench all the next year and I still hadn’t done anything with the tree. 2013 and my wife would be diagnosed with breast cancer. With work and taking care of her needs I didn’t work a whole lot on trees.

It grew well and in the summer of 2014 I decided to do something with it. I felt now that the layer was a waste of the resources I had purchased and set about making a Literati.

I started pruning branches off….

And more branches…..

Maybe just a couple more…..

The big one on the right I kept needed bending down and so I used a clamp and guy wire to do that.

After some thinning and some wire I had a rough shape.




In 2018 I cut off the long branch on the right. Just too much foliage for a Bunjin. I found that the back of the tree was completely dead from the removal of all the branches and so cleaned that up to clean the Shari.

At the beginning of 2019 I cleaned the shari once more and widened the bottom area so it can be seen easier from the front. Shortened the jins left from all the branches removed. The foliage on Prostrata’s are rough and this one is no exception. I’m working on it though. Some day….

Posted December 29, 2019 by California Bonsai Art

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