For a number of years I have been growing a small Juniperus Shimpaku, and followed the original position until now. The tree was purchased as a semi-finished piece at the Mansei-en nursery in Omiya, Japan, of late Saburo Kato in 2005, and mainly bought as a memory of the time
It´s Secret History (English Translation © WBFF 2003; Original Japanese Text and Photos © Kindai Shuppan Co. 2003). Brought at Shohin-Bonsai Europe with permission. Header photo from Mansei-en, by Morten Albek. Behind the story. The original story was lost on the internet, but due to steady work Brian Van Fleet succeeded
It´s Secret History (English Translation © WBFF 2003; Original Japanese Text and Photos © Kindai Shuppan Co. 2003). Brought at Shohin-Bonsai Europe with permission. It is astonishing to realize that the Shimpaku juniper so beloved for bonsai culture was first found only a little more than a century ago in Japan.
Many bonsai enthusiasts have experienced difficulties keeping junipers alive and healthy over a longer time span. Foliage seems over time to weaken and eventually the tree risks dying. Please read the article “The wrong bonsai answer” too… A common belief in the western bonsai world, is the way scale leafed junipers