California Juniper, Los Angeles, CA

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    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."

    Kingdom: Plantae
    Division: Pinophyta
    Class: Pinopsida
    Order: Pinales
    Family: Cupressaceae
    Subfamily: Cupressoideae
    Genus: Juniperus
    Species: J. californica

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    1. VWSelburn 76 months ago | reply

      This is a terrific bonsai. Good photograph too!
      Greetings from Milton Keynes, England (UK)

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