1. P

    New Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Advice

    I live in Canada BC where it is currently winter and nurseries haven't opened up their outdoor shrub sections yet, however, I found this Shimpaku Bonsai tree for sale in the indoor section of the nursery for Chinese new year. I bought it and placed it outside yesterday. it is currently snowing...
  2. Shamino

    Shimpaku with split top

    I potted this Shimpaku about 20-25 years ago in a workshop with Guy Guidry at Bonsai West in Littleton MA. Over the years, it has been "bowing" more and more, then a freak wind blew it off its stand and cracked the top, lowering the front even more than it was. The first photo (S4) is a front...
  3. pandacular

    Phasing work on my Shimpaku Juniper

    I have a shinpaku juniper (Juniperus chinensis) that I purchased as a pre-bonsai (though I'm thinking penjing!) from Robert Cho at Asia Pacific Gardening. This tree has a really interesting trained trunk line, and tons of foliage, some of which has been trained as well. Here are some pictures of...
  4. NeyensNeuro

    Sun after shimpaku repot

    Hi folks, I repotted my first shimpaku the other day! I'd had it for a year in the original (small) nursery pot, and I knew that it was time for a repot. The roots had wrapped around the container. My question is about the amount of sunlight that is appropriate for shimpaku. I did minimal root...
  5. NeyensNeuro

    Small windswept shimpaku juniper - initial styling

    Hey folks! I've dabbled in bonsai for about a year, but I'm pretty new to this forum. I bought a tiny shimpaku today and thought that the young, flexible tree would lend itself well to a windswept! My questions are: 1) Which side should be the front? There are two long branches on one side, a...
  6. trigo

    Shimpaku Kishu - Field Grown - Progress Thread

    Making this thread to share the progress and procedures that, i did / will do, on this juniper. i will leave here the link to the imgur gallery Bought this Shimpaku Kishu on November 03 2022 (late spring) at a famous bonsai grower here in Brazil, it was field grown specifically for bonsai and...
  7. G

    What to do with a (new to me) Old Shimpaku?

    I'm hoping to get some detailed input on how to acclimate a new-to-me Shimpaku that I received as a gift. I'm an absolute noob to bonsai (avid plant lover though) and this is a beautiful tree that I really want to see thrive. I've been on the fence about when to get started and wouldn't have...
  8. S

    Another shimapku - first real styling

    Another of my twisted trunk shimpaku. I've been tempted to do something with this one for several years now but I've been disciplined and held off doing much to this one in an attempt to allow trunk to thicken. Several large sacrifice branches encouraged for a number of years. Here's what I...
  9. S

    Time to start styling shimpaku

    Here's a couple of shimpaku I've been growing for some years to thicken the trunks. The trunks were wired then bent and twisted when still thin and flexible to get wild looking trunks. I've up potted a few times to allow for growth and allowed selected sacrifice branches to grow really strong...
  10. AnutterBonsai

    Shimpaku first styling from nursery

    Was strolling around my local nursery 5 mins down the road when I found they had a few 1 gallon shimpaku junipers! For $30 I thought quite a steal. Here’s what I came up with. Any feedback helps. Any suggestions on the aftercare from this styling? Also how should I approach repotting next year?
  11. L

    Lorax7 Shimpaku Juniper #3 progression

    Rooted cuttings started 2 years ago. Spring 2022:
  12. B

    shimpaku in arizona climate

    I found a really nice finished shimpaku tree for sale at auction. It's been living in California, 20 years old, styled by a bonsai master and expensive to buy. I am located in Phoenix, AZ area, hot and dry. And I've never owned this type juniper, I have the procumbens and blue star and they do...
  13. L

    Lorax7 Shimpaku Juniper #2 progression

    As usual, I neglected to take photos of this when it was nursery stock before I’d done any work on it. Current state before giving it a trim: After trimming
  14. L

    Lorax7 Shimpaku Juniper #1 progression

    Before I did anything with it After giving it a trim
  15. Hartinez

    Literati Style Penjing - Shimpaku

    One of my favorite books purchased last year was Zhao Qingquan‘s “Literati Style Penjing”. The forms created are so wonderfully elegant and has largely made up my bonsai tastes of late. Slender trunks with aged branching and live veins feel more appropriately natural for me here in northern New...
  16. C

    Overgrown Upright Juniper. Next steps?

    Hi folks! First post here and would be happy to benefit from your wisdom and experience. I got this very healthy, nice-trunked Chinese Juniper at a local nursery. It is very overgrown, with lots of long branches and thus out of proportion. (But at $20, it was just too nice to pass up on.) Still...
  17. dlquick

    Shimpaku Juniper Beginner Bonsai

    I've always been intrigued by the elegance and art of bonsai since I was a teen, and now that I'm in my 30's I realize that I've wasted the last decade not doing any research or even purchasing my first.. until now. I'm the typical excited, over-anxious, impatient, and nervous first time buyer...
  18. Bu-Jetjet

    Hollywood Juniper grafted with shimpaku

    The time has finally arrived! I finally received my sensei’s (Roy Nagatoshi) blessing to cut-off the approach graft we did from 2019. 🙌🏽 One of my 4 junipers.... and probably my only graft. Waiting on this thing to be successful gave me more anxiety than grad school 🤣
  19. BradM

    Shimpaku Juniper - Yellowing

    Hello all – First post and it’s a doozy! I’ve been reading through a lot of this forum and it appears to be a very knowledgeable/active community so I’m happy to be a part of it. So we purchased a ‘Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai’ tree just over a month ago from a local nursery. They’re pretty well...
  20. Grovic

    Itoigawa juniper repot?

    Hey guys, I just got this Itoigawa juniper prebonsai from I plan to let it grow for a few years, but the nursery pot has to go, I live in an apartment so growing in the ground is not an option, so I have a some questions: A) Should I do root work and repot into a new...
  21. Fishtank307

    Semi cascade to literati

    Got this little shimpaku last year. When I bought it, it wasn't in very good shape. Very pot bound, lots of yellow foliage. I repotted it last summer and nursed it back to health. The branches are getting a bit leggy. I just cleaned it it up a bit, opening the canopy to get some more light and...
  22. vancehanna

    30yrs from a cutting: Shimpaku

    Here's a quick view of a Shimpaku that I've grown from a cutting 1991. It was a cutting from a tree that Dean Akinson of MI owned. I've photoshopped the top to show how I will trim it this Spring affording it a better height in relation to the trunk, body, and pot. It should come down even...
  23. B

    Unhealthy Shimpaku

    Any idea as to why my oldest shimpaku isn't doing as well as my other Shimpakus? I water it maybe 1 to 2 times a week minus rain fall. There are 2 other shimpakusaround it that are deep green and healthy. Im slightly inexperienced with evergreens and can't figure out why.
  24. bonsaianak

    Looking for Kishu Shimpaku for Grafting

    Hello! I recently purchased a Sabina Juniper that I intend on grafting kishu shimpaku on during this next growing season. Looking for 4-6 kishu donors that are healthy and ideal for approach grafts. Thanks!
  25. D

    Shimpaku Styling

    Hey guys Finding this guy tricky to style . Can go a few routes with this and just not sure 😅 any Juniper style wizards out there who could gimme some direction and other options ! Would appreciate Thanks guys ⚡️🤙🏼
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