Here's a tree my collecting partner and I almost passed up. The picture above is the view/angle of the tree I saw at first glance, not too impressive. The two trunks are kind of funky, but after taking a closer look I really liked the deadwood features on this tree and decided I wanted to try and collect it.
The tree was growing in a large crack filled with duff and dirt. These granite pockets sometimes contain many smaller fibrous roots which are vital to a newly collected conifer's survival.
Here's a shot of the division between dirt covered root ball and granite.
Here's the tree all cleaned up and in a box full of pumice that I made. Looking back, I probably could have made this box a bit tighter. I drilled ton's of holes in the sides of the box to help get air/oxygen to the pumice and roots.
Collected junipers come in all different shapes and sizes, one thing I love about them is their unique character. Some might not love this tree because of its odd shape and structure, but I think it’s pretty cool and I'm excited to see it develop over the next few years.