Bonsai Juniper

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Characteristics

Species: various

Plant Height: Varies in.

Spread: Varies in.

Evergreen: Yes

Summer Foliage Color: Green

Minimum Sunlight: Bright

Maximum Sunlight: Filtered Sun

Ornamental Features

Bonsai Juniper has attractive bluish-green foliage. Bonsai Juniper can take many forms from upright and tree-like to cascading. It is one of the more popular Bonsai subjects.

Landscape Attributes

Bonsai Juniper is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with many forms from upright to spreading. It responds to pruning and shaping and can simulate age with minor effort. This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. However, all Bonsai require regular pruning and care to maintain their shape and size. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics. Bonsai Juniper is recommended for formal and informal Bonsai shapes, is suitable for planting as a single plant or in groves, and can simulate age with minimal effort.

Planting & Growing

Bonsai Juniper can be trained to be just a few inches up to 2 feet tall. Pot size and plant shape will determine the size of plant. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This shrub should be grown in full sunlight, but benefits from afternoon shading. It requires moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, but as a Bonsai subject should never be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. Bonsai Juniper can be grown from cuttings, air layering, and by grafting. All Bonsai require regular pruning and care and an occasional root pruning and re-potting to maintain their shape and character.