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Choosing the best front for itoigawa juniper 4 months 3 weeks ago #37010

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to the best front for my juniper.

Obviously trying to consider the best nebari, movement in the trunk line and flow of the tree.

For some reason I'm struggling to decide which way to go. Maybe because there are a several which will work.

Anyway was just wondering if anyone had any views/opinions on what they would do and why.

Have styled many trees but never juniper.

Thanks.

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Choosing the best front for itoigawa juniper 4 months 3 weeks ago #37018

Andrew1185uk wrote: I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to the best front for my juniper.

Obviously trying to consider the best nebari, movement in the trunk line and flow of the tree.


Commercial trees like this one are created by wrapping the young plant around a bamboo stick and then letting it grow.
The result is the spiraling trunk with symmetrical bends (not the same as a typical mallsai, that often has the unnatural S-shape).

About the nebari: you have roots, but you have no nebari.

C is not an option for me, as it gives you a clear pigeon breast defect (you'll need to look that up).
For Option A the first branch doesn't seem to have a good position.

So, it would be B. I'd try and hide the higher bends in the trunk behind foliage, to make the symmetry less obvious.

However:
I cannot see the real tree in 3D.
Would be better to see more pictures, taken from the same height, showing the tree from more than just these 3 angles.
Still it is hard to give good advice, seeing photos only (well, for me it is).
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Choosing the best front for itoigawa juniper 4 months 3 weeks ago #37019

Thanks a lot for your detailed response auk.

You make some great points to help me. Had never come across pigeon breast before. Maybe as this is the first tree I have with s /twisting trunks.

I see what you are saying about the roots/nebari. I guess I meant the best/widest base which can be developed into the best nebari in the future.

Thanks again. Always learning form yours and leatherbacks posts.
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