A California Juniper (Juniperus californica) from the Bonsai Courts at the Huntington Library and Gardens. This is part of the Golden State Bonsai Federation's Southern Collection. The California Juniper is a native of southwestern North America and grows at moderate altitudes of 750-1,600 meters.
California Juniper is becoming a popular species for bonsai and is also valued in dry areas as a garden plant for its heat and drought tolerance.
Naturally, the plant is a shrub or small tree reaching 3-8 meters tall. Most of the trees produce a single sex of pine cones, the male cones releasing their pollen in early spring. Around 2% of plants are monoecious, with both sexes on the same plant. The bark is typically thin and appears to be "shredded."
Species: J. californica