Root-over-rock privet (Ligustrum sp.)

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I’m unsure of the species name of this plant, but my best guess is it is the Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense. Privets belong to the olive family, Oleaceae. I bought its parent from Kuma Bonsai in San Diego on March 16, 2013. The parent plant died in the winter of 2018 but this sprig survived.

November 2, 2019:
The tree today.

I think this is the sprig that eventually became this root-over-rock tree.

May 9, 2015:
Attaching the tree to a rock with raffia.

May 9, 2015:
My soil mix of scoria, pumice, akadama, and organic matter from a worm farm I feed with kitchen scraps. Recently I have been using less organic material in my mix.

April 6, 2016:
The tree getting acquainted with its rock.

October 16, 2016:
The tree after two summers of growth.

March 24, 2017:
Thickening the trunk with long leaders.

April 2, 2017:
Selecting…

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