Shohin Sierra

Here is my little Shohin Sierra that I brought to the BIB workshop today.  I collected this in fall of 2011.  We removed some old needles, thinned it out a bit and moved a branch out of the way-not too much work yet.  A couple different options for the front, I am leaning towards option A.



11 thoughts on “Shohin Sierra”

  1. A definatly looks like the front. Hard to tell from the pic, but it looks like maybe a hard tilt to the trees right, and you might have a cascade? Not many shohin cascade yamadories around.

    1. Thanks for the feedback on the front! Yes i’ve never seen a collected shohin cascade. Not sure if i’ve seen a developed Sierra Juniper this small, I’m wondering what the final result will look like with the natural Sierra foliage.

      1. Yeah, it’s the universal juniper cunundrum, fo I style it now and have a nice tree, or do I graft ( I suggest itoigawa ), and have an awesome , unique shohin yamadori with tight foilage 3 or 4 yrs from now? If were me, I would graft and go for the better tree. You can style now, enjoy it, and graft in the fall or spring.

  2. Definitely A, the deadwood looks nicer and seems to have a bit of taper.

    I’m indifferent to the natural foliage or grafting, though I think you should have a go at the natural and see where it gets you?

  3. I wonder if you picked Option A in the end, as the detailing on the trunk was better on that side.
    Would be interesting to see what it looks like now.

    1. Hey Aidan,
      Thanks for the comment, I did pick option A and for a few years tried to produce a shohin Sierra. What I found out was that the Sierra Foliage was just too large to create a nice final image. So last year I grafted this with Kishu.

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