This is a typically tough member of the Juniper family, it is certainly used very commonly as bonsai in the UK where it almost always originates as a former garden or nursery plant. The actual species is very variable from small low shrubs to small trees. The ”Meyeri” variety was first introduced into the UK from China in 1914 by Frank N Meyer.
This example came from the former owner’s own garden and we have been working on this bonsai with that owner at workshops here for a number of years. Typical of juniper bonsai the extensive and well created deadwood is an important feature in the design. The bonsai has a height of 88cm. and a branch spread of 56cm. The very powerful base is 30cm. across at soil level and the trunk just a little below the lowest branch is 4 cm. in diam. The strong live vein is an increasing important feature of this juniper. The deadwood is assuming a very attractive bleached white appearance and the well shaped foliage areas looking quite mature with just a little refinement needed in future. The pot is a very nice quality imported round unglazed ceramic that measures 42x13cm.