Top 10: Juniper Bonsai trees

The juniper genus is made up of about 50 to 70 different species within the cypress family. They are evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs, which are very popular for Bonsai. Junipers can have two types of foliage, needle-like, and scale-like foliage.

Juniper Bonsai video

Although all tree species can be used to grow a Bonsai, some tree species are very popular as they just look better when miniaturized.

The Juniper varieties are probably the most popular, especially in Japan, and look stunning. In this article we list the ten most beautiful Juniper Bonsai trees. Enjoy!

(#1) Juniper Bonsai tree by Luis Vila

Luis Vila's Bonsai Juniper

A Juniper Bonsai tree, placed in a unique Crescent Bowl which enhances the dramatic effect of the cascade composition. Photo by: Salvador De Los Reyes.

(#2) Juniper Shohin tree, by Morten Albek

Juniper shohin

Stunning Shohin tree. Learn more about these trees and their care in the Juniper bonsai care guide. By: Morten Albek.

(#3) An 800 year-old Bonsai tree at Shunkaen, by Kunio Kobayashi

Juniper Bonsai in Japan

A remarkable Juniperus which is well known for its extremely high age; the tree is reported to be over 800 years old! Its owner, master Kobayashi, is one of the most well known Bonsai artists in the world and has won the prestigious Prime Minister award in Japan four times. His nursery, ShunkaEn, is located in Tokyo and is open to visitors.

(#4) Goshin "protector of the spirits", by John Naka

Goshin Bonsai, Juniper

Goshin ("protector of the spirit") is a Bonsai created by John Naka. It is a forest planting of eleven Foemina Junipers, the earliest of which Naka began training into Bonsai in 1948. Naka donated it to the National Bonsai Foundation in 1984, to be displayed at the United States National Arboretum; it has been there ever since. The tree is posted in our Bonsai Gallery or read more about Goshin.

(#5) Juniper at the Kokufuten 2013, Japan

Kokufuten Bonsai 2013

An absolutely stunning Juniper Bonsai tree displayed at the Kokufuten in Japan. Photo by: Enbapa Bonsaizen.

(#6) Juniper Bonsai by Bonsai master Kimura

Juniper Bonsai by mr. Kimura

A Juniper by Bonsai sensei Masahiko Kimura. His varied collection of Bonsai trees is world famous. Started at age 15, Kimura was an apprentice to master Hamano in Omiya Bonsai village. For more of his fascinating and sometimes unconventional work, check Masahiko Kimura's Bonsai garden!

(#7) Juniperus Chinensis Bonsai, by Peter Ebensperger


Spectacular and very unique display. Slanting Juniper composition, forest style. Picture by Peter Ebensperger.

(#8) Juniper Bonsai by Jose Luis Blasco Paz

Juniper bonsai

Very elegant Juniperus Bonsai, in Literati style, breathtaking! By: Jose Luis Blasco Paz.

(#9) Juniper Bonsai

Japanese Juniper bonsai

Stunning classical Juniper Bonsai tree. By: ABCdoBonsai.

(#10) Another Juniper Shohin tree, by Morten Albek

Mame Juniper

Tiny little Bonsai tree. Photo by: Morten Albek.

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