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Studio Stories – A Tale of Three Junipers (Part Three)

Sometimes I work on nursery trees, sometimes I work on client’s trees……and sometimes if I’ve been a really good boy I get to work on my own trees. Hopefully these regular visits will give you an insight into what goes on behind closed doors……….

Studio Stories – A Tale of Three Junipers (Part Three)

Part one of this series was posted on 24th June 2013 and introduced the three similar Juniper Chinensis which had arrived in the studio for re-styling. Part two was posted on the 10th July.

This post will deal with the styling of the third tree.IMG_0887

This tree was really bushy at the apex and would need some extensive thinning out. A substantial branch on one side presented itself as a potential new trunk line.

IMG_0888This would enable us to create an extensive amount of deadwood on one side and incorporate a shari.

This could represent a tree almost in the windswept style butIMG_0960 really was more like one which had taken a battering on one side in severe weather.

Dean wanted to replant the styled tree with a rock and create a dramatic landscape scene.


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There were still a lot of branches left on the tree to be wired and positioned. It really is amazing how you can remove so much foliage from a tree and still finish up with a styledIMG_0966 tree that is almost as big as what you started with.

The tree looks well in it’s new shallow oval pot and will look even better once it is landscaped with an underplanting of moss. Once again a mix of 50/50 akadama and bims was used.



Three similar size bushy junipers all in need of a styling, all with their own particular problems to overcome. The result is three very different trees, each with their own individual character and now showing excellent potential for further development and refinement.

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