New Rocky Mountain Juniper

I have a friend who lives in the Canadian Rocky Mountains (British Columbia) who occasionally sells me some of his newly collected trees. This is the third RMJ (Juniperus scorpulum) that he has sent me, and the largest. It is a pretty nice tree with a powerful presence and some nice deadwood. The tree was growing in a rock pocket and the rootball is outstanding, and I think this tree has an excellent chance of survival. Sure, the 3,600 km bus ride might have stressed it out a bit, but I still think the chances are good 🙂 The tree still seems to be dormant, so that helps the situation.

Based on my experience, RMJ grow well in the Toronto area. One issue I have encountered with my RMJ is the alarming and persistent Cedar-Apple Rust (Gymnosporangium)… but more on that later. It should be exploding on one of my trees any day now.

6 Responses

  1. Cool pic of your juniper on the mountain slope. May be that could be a new type of exercise class. Sweating for Yamadori. That’s the kind of exercise that would motivate me! Where can I sign up?

    May 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

    • Ha! You missed this seasons class 🙂 … registration is open for the fall classes though!

      May 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

  2. crust

    Super nice material and the root ball really does look great. Did you packed in any Perlite?

    May 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    • All outta perlite. It’s in recycled lava rock and haydite. I opened up the root ball quite a bit though.

      You have any advice for a larch that’s budding out very weakly and was collected with very few roots? Based on my experience it’s a goner in it’s current state. It’s in pure perlite and under shade cloth being misted in morning and after work.

      May 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

  3. CheyenneCharlie

    Reblogged this on Windy Climate Gardens & Landscape and commented:
    Native Juniper trees

    June 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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