The Common juniper, Juniperus communis, is one of only 3 conifer species native to the UK. It makes a good bonsai subject.
The species is one of the most widespread in the world and in the wild takes many forms from a creeping, prostrate shrub to a small tree a few metres tall. In a few locations in the UK. wonderful ” natural bonsai ” can be seen growing but it is a protected species and the areas that it can mostly be found are the likes of National Parks. It is known as a juniper with needle type foliage rather than the scale foliage of most other junipers we see in bonsai. It has long been cultivated for garden and horticultural use and as such many different varieties exist.
This 54cm. high bonsai has a branch spread of 56cm. The surface root spread is 8cm. across with the trunk diam. above this of 4cm. it will certainly have been created from garden origin material and looks to have been a bonsai for sometime. It looks quite good as it is but some refinement of branch position and shape could benefit the image. The round ceramic pot looks like it might be hand made and measures 28×9 cm.