Nuttier than your average Nut
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This is why many of the worlds masters are turning to grafting Kishu or Itowigawa on to the tree, replacing the folieage with something more managable and beautiful.
I wouldn't say they are "turning to" it. They've been doing it long before I moved to California. If the only thing you value in California juniper is the deadwood, then graft away! It is a ton of labor however. I know that Gary Ishii stopped doing so - because he found that he couldn't make any money from it. The labor invested in the trees made them extremely expensive.
I have mixed emotions about it. I think I would rather work to bring out the natural beauty in a tree than swap out all the branches with a different species just so you can use the deadwood. It feels a little tanuki-esque to me. But I know that is a personal preference and not everyone is going to agree