More on differences among Itoigawa, Kishu, and Shimpaku junipers

Nebari Bonsai

This is one topic that really intrigues me. Shimpaku has become a favorite bonsai subject, and as I work more with the different varieties, I’ll continue to share the subtle differences.

From macro to micro, here is a little more about each of these three varieties.

My Itoigawa, from Evergreen Gardenworks, and the source of all the Itoigawa material shown.

20120922-105858.jpg

This is a shimpaku, also from Evergreen Gardenworks, similar in size to the Itoigawa at about 16″.

20120922-110523.jpg

Finally, the Kishu, which is young, in the ground (left) and growing on. These came from Miniature Plant Kingdom.

20120922-110825.jpg

Here are some photos of shoots of each variety. For consistency and clarity throughout this post, each shoot will appear in alphabetical order, from left to right…Itoigawa, Kishu, Shimpaku.

20120922-111130.jpg

20120922-111206.jpg

20120922-111245.jpg

20120922-111319.jpg

These all display mature foliage. Itoigawa is much lighter, brighter green in color. The texture is very fine, and the structure is open, and fanlike…

View original post 290 more words

Published by

Charles Willis

Bonsai!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s