LG Chuhin Privet

Lars Grimm

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Hi All,

This is progression thread for my chuhin sized privet. This was one of my very first bonsai trees and the first tree I ever collected back in 2016. It was originally a shrug growing in my side yard. Here it is after initial collection in a pond basket. You can see that there was not much to look at, but privet are so forgiving it was a great starter tree.

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You can see here it grew like a weed!
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In 2017, I took my first shot at carving. I used a dremel with some rotary bits to hollow out the center entirely and connect the lower hollow with the top.

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I then used a blowtorch to dry the wood and used some india ink to darken it. Unfortunately, I got a little overzealous with the kitchen torch and killed off the apex.... Ohh well, live and learn.
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Fast forward to 2018, I continued to let it grow out and then cut back to develop the primary and secondary branches.
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Here it is today while sitting in a Thor Holvilla container which I think is a very nice fit for it.

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The branching is coming along very nicely and I will continue to work on developing the small ramification. I think the profile is very nice. I think it needs some additional refinement of the deadwood, to develop a more natural feel. I think the flair on the base is very nice though.

Here are some closer snapshots at different angles as well.
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Here it is today while sitting in a Thor Holvilla container which I think is a very nice fit for it.

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The branching is coming along very nicely and I will continue to work on developing the small ramification. I think the profile is very nice. I think it needs some additional refinement of the deadwood, to develop a more natural feel. I think the flair on the base is very nice though.

Here are some closer snapshots at different angles as well.
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Oh yeah. I think you’ve done very well. Dead wood looks authentic and natural.
 

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Here it is today while sitting in a Thor Holvilla container which I think is a very nice fit for it.

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The branching is coming along very nicely and I will continue to work on developing the small ramification. I think the profile is very nice. I think it needs some additional refinement of the deadwood, to develop a more natural feel. I think the flair on the base is very nice though.

Here are some closer snapshots at different angles as well.
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What's the measurements of this tree?
 

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NIce privet. Got a bunch of these in my yard along the fence line. Trunks are pretty boring, but I'll need to dig a few up this winter and get busy with the die grinder.
 

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NIce privet. Got a bunch of these in my yard along the fence line. Trunks are pretty boring, but I'll need to dig a few up this winter and get busy with the die grinder.
Yes definitely! Many of them in my yard have a lot of sucker branches and it can be hard to find a good flaring base. They are indestructible though.
 
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Pretty good development @Lars Grimm . I take pause before a say it, but, a little wire here-n-there might hasten your branch development.
Had a few different Privet varieties here in the garden over the years and they grew fast and responded well to "strategic wiring", even larger woody branches.


indestructible


Sinense and Japonicum were the last two and died in the great culling of my neighbor's collection from an ill-timed re-pot. I lobbied hard for a re-schedule but when it's not your tree and your the "junior practitioner", ya' get cancelled out. Acknowledgement of the error placated neither of us.

Good luck with your Privet!!!🙂
 
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