Suitable Trees: Junipers

Junipers are probably the easiest of the genus for the beginner. All of the species will make good bonsai, but particularly Chinensis (illustrated) Pfitzerania and its sub species, and for a somewhat 'spikier' tree Squamata.

Many Junipers produce two types of foliage, the normal adult foliage, which is close and compact and the juvenile or 'oxycedrus' growth. Both types can occur on the same tree, indeed on the same branch. Juvenile foliage is often seen as a result of hard pruning. or heavy feeding and will soon dissapear.

They will benifit from a grittier compost than you might otherwise use.

Pruning is carried out throughout the growing season, with the foliage 'plucked' off, rather than cut, as this will cause any damage to the needles, and spoil the looks of the tree. Conifer tips should be plucked out between the ball of the thumb and the first finger, not pinched off.


All junipers benifit from as much sunlight as you can give them, providing they are well watered. Sunlight gives them a better colour and keeps the foliage compact.

Suitable Styles

All except Broom and Formal upright

Allen. C. Roffey 02:03 03/04/99