My Juniperus Chinensis First Styling

I am interested in everyone’s design ideas for this Juniper, and a bit of critique on how I did. My goal was to set the structure, so hopefully I did that ok.

Edit: This was a $5 Old Gold Juniper at Wal-Mart that somehow marked itself down at the self checkout register to $1. I think I did alright ya’ll. Got it around June and just let it be.

Two before shots and a shot of the trunk that I had to work with:

Here are a few “almost done” shots from one side:

Here were my final shots where I tried to get better angles of the tree for critique and suggestions:

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I have a few things I’d like to point out that were not particularly satisfactory. I’m not 100% sure how to fix them though:

  1. The front section has a long branch that bends around and looks unnatural. Not sure how I should proceed there.
  2. It seems that the front pad and the back pads are at heights and placements where they seem to blend together. I thought about removing the front all together, but I’m not sure.
  3. The apex altogether was just “meh” but I had to do something with it.

Some things I was very pleased with:

  1. I think I did a great job with the defining branch and letting that set the design.
  2. I was able to choose the front quite easily thanks to the constant hammering on that point of Ryan.
  3. Tertiary wiring looks way easier when Ryan does it. While I kinda struggled with that more than I thought I would, I nailed the function, and angle of the wiring for the most part. Few flaws in the aethstetic parts and a few subpar functional spots.

Hit me with your best shot!

Good job @Nate_Andersen
I see what you mean about the apex, but given time it will grow out. Looks like you have a 3 way crotch? Going forward this may cause swelling which could be good or bad- do you have any ideas as to what you would like to happen?
Is it 2 trees in the same pot? 50c each! What are you going to do with the second trunk?

Hi Nate,
I would play with rotating the tree along the red axis to get the two branches coming out at an angle a little above or below horizontal. Then use the middle branch to build mass on the lower left. The apex would be lower than it currently is.

“Most Bang for your Buck” Award :grin: