Juniper in a Wooden Tree Box - DIY Project Idea
I have an idea for a garden-related project that has been knocking around my head for a number of years. Well...there are tons of those kind of projects, frankly. But, for this post, I'm talking about one of them specifically. This one...involves trees. And...I haven't moved on it - for a variety of reasons including shifting priorities, lack of need, the right nursery stock and the opportunity.
It starts with this post about Hollywood Junipers in 2018 where I posted a photo of a tree in a wooden box for a container. And, was likely rekindled during one of my trips to Tokyo where I saw all sorts of container'd conifers. Like this one from House of Bonsai below:
|Via House of Bonsai. This is not my photo.|
And, even more recently, I came across a couple of striking conifer trees by the bus stops down at Disney Springs. They were relatively new (newly planted) and still had their tags on them.
Here's a shot of them below:
Torulosa Juniper grows into a narrow cone shape when young, then opens up as the plant ages (Fig. 1). Although the main body of its foliage is as thick as if it had been sheared, delicately twisted, upright branches emerge gracefully all around the plant, in almost a flame-like manner. It may grow to 15 feet tall in 15 years, perhaps leaning to one side in a picturesque manner. Do not expect a row of them to provide a uniform shape since crown form varies.That's kinda interesting, right? They aren't for a hedge, but they'll all be different. Then, have a look at the needles (below) and they get even more unique:
Down to Zone 5b?