Utah Juniper (aka “Big Sexy”)

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Utah Juniper (aka “Big Sexy”)

Now that I have settled back in California, it’s time to rebuild my Bonsai collection!  For the past 6 months, I have been slowly rebuilding the Bonsai business I left behind and have worked with many terrific people.  I have study groups that have formed throughout California and even in other States!  You can say that I’m living the Bonsai dream!  I hope to play my part in helping the promotion of bonsai in the United States and get good information out there to those that want it.  My other goal is also to build a quality bonsai collection for myself and not just enjoy the final development of the trees, but the journey as well.

That brings us to the tree that you see below, known by some (mainly the collectors) as, “Big Sexy.”  There is no doubt that this tree is big, though I didn’t buy it just for the size.  The tree has some very interesting characteristics and I saw it as a long-term project for myself.  This post will be the first of many where I will document the development of this collected Utah Juniper and the journey (techniques) it will undergo to produce a (hopefully) great Bonsai piece.  Here are a few pictures that highlights the interesting trunk.





Before we get start on the work; here are some pictures of the tree when it was first collected in 2010.

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0


The first thing I needed to do with this tree is to repot it.  I want to get the tree into better soil so that the roots will grow more vigorously and to examine the root ball to see if it’s possible to get the tree into a smaller pot.  There are some really big trees in Japan, but a 5 foot long pot is just too big for Bonsai.