From the flower bed to the Tokonoma

An outskirts Juniper

Juniperus Old Gold

A long lasting workshop

Chamaecyparis Pisifera

The charm of Shari

Scheduled works on a Juniperus Chinensis

Twisting path

Yew : a splendid species




Thuja ( Tuia )

It belong to Cupressaceae botanical family. There are 5 species of it, it is native of China and United States' north regions. It is usually of small and medium dimension with a slow growing rate. The foliage is in scale shape and does not let see the branch structure, for this is often used to create hedges.
On a saturday afternoon, with some friends to a nursery with the intention to buy some Pines we saw on a previous evening waiting to buy them on a sunny day for a better evaluation. After a carefully evalutation we decided to buy only two of them, the most interesting of course. But there were not tree enough for all of us so we began to go backwards and forwards in every corner of the nursery. I was amazed by this Tuia, it was too tall (2.5 m.) but at a height of 40 cm. from the base it splitted into three trunks giving the possibility to keep only one of them and reducing in this way drastically the height.
During the nursery trip we had with us a nursery head whom hep us in tree transportation, when he realized we had no van but simple car he wonder how we could bring home a tree so high. I asked him a saw for cutting it, the man was stunned thinking it was a joke.


Picture # 1 January 1996 as it was in the nursery. I let you imagine the expression of the nursery manager when saw mw sewing the tree to transport it on my car.

Picture # 2 The cut has been made after the trunk selection. The decision has been affected by the diameter of the trunk because it was in cilinder shape, so more adapt for deadwood working.

Picture # 3 A lot foliage was cut away, so I was able to reduce a lot also the roots.

Picture # 4 After useless branch cut and sharimiki (portion of trunk and branches with bare wood) realization, I keep on dead wood working for avoiding to ruin the branches once placed in position.

Picture # 5 Late February. Finally result. Seen from this side, there is a good taper and balance, a good fertilization will improve the foliage development.

Picture # 6 Late June, 1996 Foliage layer began to thicken itselves, frankly speaking I did not expected a so rich grow in just four months. At this point a constant pinching is necessary tokkep the foliage in shape, waiting the spring to repot it on a cultivation pot.

Picture # 7

Spring 1997 Once reached the desired foliage thickening it is possible to model the layers to get a better refinement.

Picture # 8
October 1997. After an accurate refinement tue tree is ready to be shown in an exhibition.


2006 - Donato Danisi