I can't grow apples here on my farm. We have too many Juniperus virginina
on the property, and cedar apple rust is inevitable.
Now that the big ones have all been cut for the pencil industry, J. virginiana
is pretty much a useless tree. Wood goes into "cedar" chests, and it's still used for the odd fence post here and there, but even the goats won't eat it. So we have all these narrow, arrow straight trees popping up everywhere.
The medium to larger ones are all but useless for bonsai, even, since there seems to be a natural law that said the wood shall not twist or bend in its natural habitat, but to stand stiffly upright.
But there still are small ones.
can twist and bend.
There's still some work to be done on the foliage here. (We seem to have a variety here in the Blue Ridge foothills with very light, feathery foliage -- and almost NO mature foliage.) But it is taking shape, and in another year (or two) I might have a showable tree.
This is about 2 years from having been yanked out of my pasture, wrapped in thick wire, and BENT and TWISTED to a more graceful shape. The tall jin (which may
get shortened -- or not) was added this spring, LS was added a couple of weeks ago.
Thoughts, comments and suggestions will be appreciated.