More on differences among Itoigawa, Kishu, and Shimpaku junipers

Nebari Bonsai

This is one topic that really intrigues me. Shimpaku has become a favorite bonsai subject, and as I work more with the different varieties, I’ll continue to share the subtle differences.

From macro to micro, here is a little more about each of these three varieties.

My Itoigawa, from Evergreen Gardenworks, and the source of all the Itoigawa material shown.

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This is a shimpaku, also from Evergreen Gardenworks, similar in size to the Itoigawa at about 16″.

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Finally, the Kishu, which is young, in the ground (left) and growing on. These came from Miniature Plant Kingdom.

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Here are some photos of shoots of each variety. For consistency and clarity throughout this post, each shoot will appear in alphabetical order, from left to right…Itoigawa, Kishu, Shimpaku.

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These all display mature foliage. Itoigawa is much lighter, brighter green in color. The texture is very fine, and the structure is open, and fanlike…

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Species Profile: Acer buergerianum (Trident Maple)

Bonsai Prelude

Credit: Dylan Fawcett National bonsai and Penjing Museum D.C. Credit: Dylan Fawcett National bonsai and Penjing Museum D.C.

I’m confident now that with the exception of wiring,  which I plan on addressing later in the season, I’ve provided the best ground work possible for getting started with bonsai. There are certainly volumes of knowledge to be learned in regards to bonsai, but I’m confident that if you use the articles published so far you’ll at the very least be in an excellent spot to grow your knowledge (and trees).

Having said all that I’m excited to post what I hope will be a great new segment for the blog. One of the most important facts of bonsai you’ll realize soon after you get your first tree, is that the tree is going to grow the way it wants to. The key is figuring out the best way to trick it into doing what you want. A lot of the…

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