Lighting: Full Sun/Shade in Hottest Summer Months
• ≈ 400+ years
• Started 2018
• Acquired January 2023
• 36” Tall
• 30” Across (left to right)
• 32” Depth (front to back)
• 18” Trunk/Root Ball (circumference)
• 12” Root Base (left to right)
• Clay Pot – Rectangle
• 23” Length
• 17.75″ Width
• 7” Height
• Last Repotted: January 2023 with Peter Tea Bonsai
Arguably the favorite juniper species for bonsai. This Sierra Juniper was collected in the Sierra Mountains (exact location unknown) and put into a box in 2018. The deadwood and lifeline has been cleaned up and the tree was allowed to grow freely to build up a stronger root system. The tree was recently repotted into traditional clay bonsai pot (January 2023).
Within the species Juniperus occidentalis there are two geographically separated subspecies: Juniperus occidentalis, ssp. occidentalis (Western Juniper) and Juniperus occidentalis ssp. australis (Sierra Juniper). Sierra Juniper, the more southernly subspecies, is concentrated in the southern portion of northeastern California in the Sierra range, just into Nevada, and in a southern patch in the San Bernardino Mountains at higher elevations of 6,600–10,000 ft.
These long-lived trees are very slow to grow. They have a spreading growth habit with lush branches. Their foliage, however, is the ‘roughest’ of any other juniper trees. The color of the foliage is green to bluish green. The trunk of the tree becomes irregular and forked as it matures, and the thin, shredded bark turns gray and peels easily.
Available for local pick-up (contact for personal delivery option).