Another rmj

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#21
Can you tilt the planting angle a little bit to emphasize that root? Maybe it's not a big deal. Junipers are usually focused on trunk movement and deadwood.
 

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#22
Can you tilt the planting angle a little bit to emphasize that root? Maybe it's not a big deal. Junipers are usually focused on trunk movement and deadwood.
If its just about exposing the root more I wouldn't have to, I can just lower the soil. It was mounded a bit there to protect some fine roots.the best bet visually could be to lower the soil even further towards lower roots depending what's down there and jinn that root. Of course the root might be crucial for the branches on the right.

Here's another angle showing the left side and crown.
 

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#24
Wow, that color change had me do a double take. It never gets cold enough long enough down here for my RMJs to have a color change of that degree. I'd guess it's been pretty chilly in your neck of the woods, already. Great tree, by the way.
 

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#25
Thanks, it used to scare me a bit the brown and purple. Now I look forward to it, its interesting. Not all of them change even here, some stay green, others blue.
 

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#28
Maybe this tree can be some kind of inspiration in styling yours
https://valavanisbonsaiblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/202.jGrtz
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Thanks, I really appreciate the input. To be honest though, I don't really like the styling of that tree, pads too defined and dense for my liking.
I tried another shot in less contrasty light, nothing has been done since the first styling last summer, it's filled in a bit and the new growth is now all mature foliage. I'm just waiting for branches to strengthen up a bit especially some of the spindly immature foliage bits then I will carry on. IMG_20150521_190413.jpg
 

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#33
Thanks!

I'll try to not lose the wild feeling as the tree grows and development carries on.
I would be happy to maintain a similar look to what it has now, a couple features I'd like to accentuate more and more maturity to the branching is my current goal.
 
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Awesome tree. You might want to look at pics of the old growth western junipers in the central oregon badlands here for inspiration. 300+ year old trees with 2' plus buttressed trunks maybe 30' tall. Here are a couple of pics from there although there are far better examples. image.jpg image.jpg
 
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#38
Btw, if anyone can tell me how to fix those first pics I'd like to try to do that.
Don't worry, it's common for these high altitude trees to turn upside down when brought to lower altitudes. As you see, eventually they acclimate and appear right-way-up again . . .

Seriously though, cool tree. It's neat to see one that's not squished down onto itself and tied in knots (not that the contorted ones aren't cool too).
 

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Awesome tree. You might want to look at pics of the old growth western junipers in the central oregon badlands here for inspiration. 300+ year old trees with 2' plus buttressed trunks maybe 30' tall. Here are a couple of pics from there although there are far better examples. View attachment 83758 View attachment 83759
I did that, thanks. Google image searc of old growth western junipers in central Oregon. Cool images for for sure, one in particular that came up a couple times, a straight fatty in a grassy hillside meadow has a look to inspire material like this.
Not sure how many people realize just how upright the natural habit of rmj really is when growing in easy conditions. Around here they are common valley bottom grassland trees, very straight and tall multistemmed growth habit. Quite large too some of the old ones, someday I'll take a pic or two for the thread maybe.
 

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