More on differences among Itoigawa, Kishu, and Shimpaku junipers

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This is one topic that really intrigues me. Shimpaku has become a favorite bonsai subject, and as I work more with the different varieties, I’ll continue to share the subtle differences.

From macro to micro, here is a little more about each of these three varieties.

My Itoigawa, from Evergreen Gardenworks, and the source of all the Itoigawa material shown.

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This is a shimpaku, also from Evergreen Gardenworks, similar in size to the Itoigawa at about 16″.

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Finally, the Kishu, which is young, in the ground (left) and growing on. These came from Miniature Plant Kingdom.

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Here are some photos of shoots of each variety. For consistency and clarity throughout this post, each shoot will appear in alphabetical order, from left to right…Itoigawa, Kishu, Shimpaku.

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These all display mature foliage. Itoigawa is much lighter, brighter green in color. The texture is very fine, and the structure is open, and fanlike…

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