Shimpaku Juniper - DT0518SJ

( 2 Reviews )
Juniperus chinensis ‘Itowigawa’
18 -24"
Current stock: 0

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Shimpaku Juniper is considered the best of all the Junipers for bonsai. This specimen with the final textured foliage and outstanding branches helps create the perfect bonsai. Whether on a rock or in a container; the Shimpaku Juniper is one of the best. Sadly; state agricultural regulations prohibit us from shipping this tree to California.


Outdoor bonsai include evergreen varieties like pines and junipers as well as deciduous varieties like maples and elms. All outdoor bonsai are hardy and require seasonal change. Upon receiving your bonsai, it is best to acclimate it in a shady area for one week. All outdoor bonsai prefer morning sun and afternoon shade. Patios, decks and balconies are great areas to display your bonsai during the growing season. Outdoor bonsai can be displayed indoors, but only for short periods of time. You should never leave your bonsai inside for more than five days.


Watering properly is critical to maintaining a healthy bonsai! Outdoor bonsai are watered according to the season. Outdoor bonsai should be watered daily in the spring, summer and fall. In the winter you will not need to water as frequently. However, you should never let your bonsai’s soil dry out. Water your bonsai properly by using a watering can or hose attachment that has a fine-spray nozzle. You should thoroughly soak your bonsai’s soil. Water should be running out of the drain holes. Misting foliage periodically is recommended, but should not be considered watering. General care is also important to maintaining a beautiful bonsai. Bonsai should be periodically trimmed to keep their miniature shape. To best understand trimming and wiring techniques, we recommend purchasing an instructional book.


Your bonsai will need to be repotted every four to five years. It is necessary to repot your bonsai when its root system becomes pot bound. Repotting outdoor bonsai should be done before new growth appears during late winter or early spring. Make sure you are using a good bonsai soil when repotting since regular potting soil will compact and inhibit proper drainage. We recommend waiting at least one growing season before repotting your bonsai to make sure it is well established.


Fertilizing bonsai is required. Most water-soluble and time-released fertilizers work very well when used as directed. We recommend using slow-releasing organic fertilizers for more mature specimen bonsai.


Insects and diseases can attack bonsai just like any other plant. Inspect your bonsai regularly. A brisk spraying of the trunk and foliage periodically will help keep your tree clean. If any problems appear, most garden centers have products available for treatment.


Outdoor bonsai need to experience winter dormancy and should remain outdoors in the winter. Nevertheless, the root systems of outdoor bonsai need protection from extreme winter weather. You should “Heel-In” your bonsai by covering the pot and soil with pine needles or mulch when temperatures approach freezing. We also recommend protecting your bonsai from extremely cold winds by placing it against the south side of your house. In areas that have extremely cold winters, bonsai can be protected in garages, sheds, cold frames or basements. Contact a local bonsai club for more advice.


Rest assured that your tree will reach its destination well hydrated and securely packed. The base of each tree is wrapped in plastic to retain moisture and to prevent any topsoil from spilling during shipment. Trees are wired to the pot, placed inside a double-walled carton for protection and secured with proprietary packing systems to keep them from shifting during transit.


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Your bonsai tree has been grown in a state-of-the-art greenhouse under precisely controlled conditions to achieve optimum health. Your order will be carefully wrapped in a custom designed shipping carton and delivered with detailed care instructions. If, for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your tree or with our service, please notify us within 30 days of receipt. We will correct the situation to your satisfaction.

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2 Reviews

Jun 10th 2020

Shimpaku Juniper - large trunk, tons of peanuts!

My shimpaku juniper arrived in great health, potted in a nice and unexpected round clay pot. There is a lot of room for work, which I'm excited to undertake. Plenty of healthy branches to work with, though some have already been wired for what seems at least a year (wire is embedded in the branches). The only negative to the experience was the packaging - there are a lot of better ways to package the tree, in my opinion, than using packing peanuts! My word I must have spent an hour just cleaning peanuts out of branches :) Perhaps future trees could be shipped with air bags or foam.

Jun 3rd 2019

My purchase of large shimpaku juniper.

I recently purchased a large shimpaku juniper from Brussels's Nursery. I was concerned that the tree I would get would look like the picture of the tree pictured on the web site, in that it was tall but had limited branch structure and design potential. What I got was a great tree with ample trunk movement and more than enough well placed branches to afford me many design options. The tree was and remains healthy. I am on a limited budget and cannot afford good finished trees and Brussel's gives me the opportunity for getting both a high quality tree and one that has good design options. I also purchase 2 large green mound junipers from Brussel's previously and both were much better in movement and branch structure than the website photos and are healthy and doing well. I have been pleased in every way with Brussel's from ordering to delivery.

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