Juniper (Juniperus sp.)
81cm (32 inches)
I found this small juniper 3 years ago at a local nursery. The juniper had very little foliage on it at the time and I could see a nice trunk with some movement in it and also some deadwood. The tree was brought home and allowed to grow unchecked. During the winter the tree is sheltered in my garage. A box fell on tree during its first winter in the garage, resulting in the live vein being separated from the deadwood. The live vein was moved back into its proper place and secured with a piece of aluminum wire and left to grow for the next 2 years. The tree now has a substantial amount of green foliage on it and can be worked on. The tree only has roots on 2 sides of the tree. All of the roots directly under the main trunk have died and the only living roots are on opposite sides of the tree. The tree basically looks like it using crutches to hold itself upright. Potting the tree will be difficult as it will be hard to anchor the tree in the pot. I am not sure if the live vein has reattached itself to the deadwood or not. It will be difficult to design the tree with this problem.