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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Zach Smith on October 21, 2009, 03:00 PM

Title: Chinese privet - fast bonsai
Post by: Zach Smith on October 21, 2009, 03:00 PM
I collected this tree in July, styled it beginning in August, and just potted it last weekend in a Chuck Iker pot.  The top will be built next year, and the tree should reach a nice level of ramification within two more years.  I love working with this species.

Zach
Title: Re: Chinese privet - fast bonsai
Post by: bwaynef on October 21, 2009, 03:42 PM
I really like where I see this tree headed.  I've never had a privet so can't attest to how quickly they grow, but I hope you'll keep us posted with regular updates.  I like being amazed at how quickly trees can be developed.

If it were mine, at the next repot, I'd tilt it to the left 10-ish°.

ps. Could you fill in your location in your profile?
Title: Re: Chinese privet - fast bonsai
Post by: Zach Smith on October 21, 2009, 04:26 PM
They grow like weeds down here--actually, we mostly consider them weeds.  Somebody introduced them long ago for hedge purposes, but I've only ever seen one hedge grown out of privet.  Mostly they just do their own thing, reseeding and spreading.  The hwy. dept. tries to kill them off with herbicides along rights of way, but that usually doesn't work; they just sprout back out.

Thanks for the feedback.  I'm sure I'll adjust some angle or other as I go along, as they have to be root-pruned annually.

I'll be sure to post more photos as the development sets in.

Zach