The 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 is a fairly basic piece of raw material with little bonsai work having been carried out other than planting in a Mica, round, plastic bonsai training pot that measures 28×8 cm. It does however have a fairly substantial trunk at 6 cm. in diam. at the base and a height of 54 cm. There are plenty of branches to work with in the spread of 36 cm. We would envisage those branches being selected according to the chosen front and refined to give more definition to the structure. Maybe a little wiring but mainly an exercise in growing, which will be rapid with this species, and shaping the results with judicious pruning. We feel this apparently simple tree has the makings of a nice bonsai in a relatively short space of time.