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Ligustrum ovalifolium/Common Privet Bonsai
Developed from an old hedgerow tree collected in 2004.
Planted in a pot by Victor Harris of Erin Bonsai
One of my favourite trees, I have been developing this bonsai since 2004 and it has featured on the cover of my first book Bonsai Inspirations 1. In early January 2015 my Privet bonsai was partially-defoliated and the deadwood cleaned. Removal of all but the very smallest leaves in the middle of Winter leaves the branches bare, making a thorough pruning of the branch structure possible. A secondary benefit is that when new leaves emerge in the Spring, they will be smaller and better ramified than before.
Here follows a gallery of images that were taken soon after the work on this tree had been completed.
Detail image of the branch structure.
Seen against my hand, it is possible to see exactly how small the leaves have become as ramification has increased.
Detail of the bonsai pot by Victor Harris of Erin Bonsai.
The Privet bonsai seen from the back.