Juniperus chinensis (Chinese juniper)
One of the most popular variety of Juniperus chinensis is known as shimpaku juniper or Juniperus chinensis sargentii in botanical Latin. It has been discovered just about a century and a half ago in Japan, but since then it has been over-collected and it is now almost extinct in the wild.
A special kind of shimpaku called itoigawa was discovered by a collector around Mount Kurohime in the island of Sado and its qualities soon lead to a very high demand causing its disapearance from the area. But it is possible to find trees in nurseries that initially came from cuttings of those collected specimens.