Hello Chris and Harry... I believe I read this article before. I will have to double check it though... I know exactly what you mean about not cutting. However, there are circumstances, especially in intial stylings that foilage must be cut. Sometimes, there is no way around it.
Harry, Shimpaku is a whole another story....Although junipers require proper pruning techniques at the proper time (like most species). The shimpakus seem to recover extremely quickly from almost any kind of pruning and pinching...Sometimes you see where a procumbens or like species was pinched too much and a section died. I have not seen this with shimpaku. Well, not yet anyway..lol
Okay, I'm not Chris but it looks like a San Jose to me. I prefer the needle foliage myself but that's just me. If you stay with the juvenile foliage then the tree will have all the same foliage. If you try to maintain scale foliage you will never be able to allow new growth on the tree.
BG if you follow your dieing apex down to the last living part you'll probably find a small crack from when you wired it. Alot of times that's all it takes for these. It'll stay green for months then fade out in the spring.
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