The Common juniper, Juniperus communis, is one of only three conifers that are native to the UK. as such it makes a particularly good bonsai subject being totally suited for our climate pretty much anywhere in the country.
It is said to have the widest world distribution of any tree or shrub species and partly as a result of this has a very variable growth habit from more or less straight upright to completely prostrate, that in itself lends it to a wide variety of bonsai styles. It has long been cultivated by man and so many named varieties have arisen and it can usually be found in nurseries and garden centres.
This example is quite unusal as it is a true shohin and quite nicely shaped at that. It features quite a heavy little trunk bent into the semi cascade or maybe perhaps better categorised as wind swept in style. A good arrangement of branches form the canopy. It is 24cm. high with a spread of 30cm. The nebari or surface roots are 8cm. across the soil level and above that the trunk diam. is 3cm. The pot is a nice, hand made Walsall Ceramic 11x9cm.