Oval -leaf Privet , Ligustrum ovalifolium.


Oval -leaf Privet , Ligustrum ovalifolium.   The ubiquitous Privet is one of the most common cultivated shrubs

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 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 twin trunk style.  It has had little 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 twin trunk style. The cuts where the trunks have been reduced in height have had a little work carried out to ” naturalise ” them, other than that it is branch selection, refinement of foliage and growing and pruning. Overall the height is 52 cm with a branch spread of 40 cm. The diam. of the individual trunks is  3 and 3.5 cm. above a base that is 11 cm. across.

This is a nice reasonably priced bit of raw material in a species that is very easy to work with.