Chinese Scale Juniper Bonsai
In this article I will try to explain the pruning and maintenance of scale foliaged Junipers such as, Juniperus Chinensis ‘Sargentii’ and Juniperus Chinensis x Media ‘Blaauw’. These varieties are very popular for Bonsai due to their excellent tight compact growth, to create nice tight foliage pads, as well as being quite prolific in back budding once they are pruned correctly. The natural habit of these species grows in a columnar form with dominant ascending branches, so it produces good low sacrificial branches to make the trunk thicken. These sacrificial branches should be thinned out to varying heights on the trunk, because the trunk can get inverse tapered if too many branches emerge from one point.