Oval -leaf Privet , Ligustrum ovalifolium. The ubiquitous Privet is one of the most common cultivated shrubs.
It is much used for hedging but if left un-pruned can reach the size of a small tree. It is classed as semi evergreen as it will lose some or all of it’s leaves in a cold winter. It has been grown in the UK since it was introduced from Japan in the late 19th century.
It is a great subject for bonsai, responding well to pruning, easy to grow and very tough and resilient.
This bit of raw material could make a bonsai in the clump style featuring 3 trunks. It has had no bonsai work carried out other than cutting back and planting in the plastic bonsai training pot which measures 35x26x9 cm. There is a little variation in the trunk diams. which is always desirable in the clump style, the 2 smaller trunks are a bit close together and more separation may be achieved using a wooden wedge perhaps, a more radical option might be to reduce it to a twin trunk ! The cuts where the trunks have been reduced in height will need a little work to ” naturalise ” other than that it is branch selection, refinement of foliage and growing and pruning. Overall the height is 40 cm with a branch spread of 52 cm. The diam. of the individual trunks is 4, 3, 2.5 cm
This is a nice reasonably priced bit of raw material in a species that is very easy to work with.