Juniperus Chinensis

Family: Cupressaceae

Genus: Juniperus

Botanical Name: Juniperus Chinensis

Native to China, Japan, and Korea, the Juniperus chinensis is one of the many Juniperus used for bonsai purposes. This specimen is well appreciated by bonsai enthusiasts thanks to its great trunk shapes (gnarled and twisted), scale-like foliage, and capacity to resist while looking very attractive and natural to Jins and Shari (deadwood features).



Juniperus chinensis are suitable for all styles and look amazing when displayed with sinuous movements along with touches of deadwood.

Location and Position

Juniperus chinensis are hardy trees and can withstand low temperatures effortlessly; however, a little protection under a bench when the temperature is below ten degrees is appreciated. These specimens are to be kept outdoors all year round in full sun or semi shade.


Keep the soil moist. Water it regularly while avoiding soaking wet or extremely dry soil.


A balanced liquid feed every two weeks during the growing season and solid slow-release pellets in autumn should sustain the tree well.

Pruning and Pinching

In late summer, the sap flow should be less vigorous, making it a good time for structural pruning. Pinching new shoots to maintain good pad foliage should be carried out during the growing season. The pads need to be thinned from time to time when they get too heavy to permit air and light to pass through the foliage and avoid exhaustion or dieback of the lower and inner branches.

Repotting and Soil

Late spring to August seems to be the best time to repot Juniperus chinensis, but avoid this task on extremely hot days. Repot your tree in a free drainage soil mix every two years or when pot-bound.


Juniperus chinensis respond well to wiring, as they are very flexibles. This specimen takes longer to settle in position (sometimes up to one year). Keep an eye on the branches to avoid scarring.


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