Hello there Common Privet!!

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Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby Keep Calm and Ramify » October 15th, 2017, 8:25 pm

A few pics of my ligustrum almost bursting into flower. It gets leggy, but I think the show is worth it.
The trunk is completely hollow.
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby kcpoole » October 15th, 2017, 9:31 pm

Wow Nice tree and Nice display :yes:

I like pic #12 the best

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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby eyedia » October 15th, 2017, 11:15 pm

It is amazing...nice tree. Got 2 privets but flowers are not significant like this...
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby Watto » October 16th, 2017, 6:29 am

Lovely display. I too normally let my privets flower but I must say the perfume is not the best.
I agree with Ken, No. 12 is a good perspective.
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby melbrackstone » October 16th, 2017, 8:21 am

What a beautiful tree! (I had no idea it flowered!)
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby shibui » October 16th, 2017, 6:06 pm

Nice flower display but as Watto diplomatically pointed out, these do stink and are implicated in asthma and hay fever in many areas.
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby Boics » October 16th, 2017, 8:10 pm

Nice tree.

I never even knew Privet flowered?
Are these also particularly small leaves or have I got my species wrong?
One of the fabulous things about growing bonsai is as you get old and decrepit your trees get old and beautiful
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby Keep Calm and Ramify » July 22nd, 2018, 10:49 am

So this thread should probably now be re-titled to “Goodbye there common privet”.
After container growing this tree for approx. 15 years, I have given up the fight against the continuous attacks of mother nature’s little chewing critters.
It’s become a one stop - all you can eat smorgasbord. Wood borers, ants & continual efforts in trying to preserve deadwood has taken its toll on both of us.
I now have bright orange fungus spreading on the trunk, that I’m sure will expedite decomposing and final demise.
It’s time to say goodbye…..such is life.

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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby melbrackstone » July 22nd, 2018, 11:33 am

Sometimes when they flower profusely that's cos they know they're on the way out...a last ditch effort to preserve some offspring, at least. RIP your tree.
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby boom64 » July 22nd, 2018, 8:56 pm

Hi K.C.R. Bad luck about your Privet ,always sad to see one go. I am now a little concerned as I spotted some orange fungus on a tree I have .Any ideas about what it is exactly. Cheers John.
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby Pearcy001 » July 23rd, 2018, 7:25 am

Hi KC&R,

I've had this fungi on my benches. It occurred underneath pots that have stayed too wet without enough airflow from my experience. Looking at the photo water/moisture could be pooling in the trunk where the grooves are deeper.

What is your watering like? If the tree is under a automatic watering system you could try moving it to keep the trunk dry, and turning the tree so the fungi is facing the sun to dry it out while treating it.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) I've only had it on my benches not my trees, so can't give you first hand experience on how to deal with it in your situation. Goodluck mate.

Cheers,
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby tgward » July 23rd, 2018, 9:29 am

would the occasional application of lime sulphur have prevented this?
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby terryb » July 23rd, 2018, 2:13 pm

This is the kind of fungus you commonly see on dead trees which help to break down the wood (saprophytes). I have seen this on garden trees (peach, cherry), which are in decline so I suspect that your fungus is just taking advantage of the damage caused by the borers and other possible pathogens and is not the primary cause of the tree's decline. As Pearcy pointed out - wet, dead, wood promotes this kind of fungus but I would have thought that wood preservers should help. How hard is privet wood?
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Re: Hello there Common Privet!!

Postby Keep Calm and Ramify » July 23rd, 2018, 6:24 pm

Pearcy001 wrote:Hi KC&R,

I've had this fungi on my benches. It occurred underneath pots that have stayed too wet without enough airflow from my experience. Looking at the photo water/moisture could be pooling in the trunk where the grooves are deeper.


Hey Percy thanks for your reply - yes you are right, this plant has stayed wet pretty constantly - i've been bad :palm: at providing decent airflow I know! Interesting enough the areas that the orange fungus are growing in are not deep grooves or hollows, they are actually holes going completely through the trunk. These holes are now being filled in by the fungus.

boom64 wrote:Hi K.C.R. Bad luck about your Privet ,always sad to see one go. I am now a little concerned as I spotted some orange fungus on a tree I have .Any ideas about what it is exactly. Cheers John.


Hi John - no idea what it is exactly - so it's botanical name is not "Brightis Orangey Fungus"? :lol:

tgward wrote:would the occasional application of lime sulphur have prevented this?


Hi Tgward hows things? Yes this tree was initially hollowed out by me years ago when I used to paint lime sulphur twice yearly on it (darkened with ink) It has had multiple applications, but I always had some losses. The last two years it was painted with wood hardener - but the chewing critters still get in. :palm:

terryb wrote:This is the kind of fungus you commonly see on dead trees which help to break down the wood (saprophytes). I have seen this on garden trees (peach, cherry), which are in decline so I suspect that your fungus is just taking advantage of the damage caused by the borers and other possible pathogens and is not the primary cause of the tree's decline. As Pearcy pointed out - wet, dead, wood promotes this kind of fungus but I would have thought that wood preservers should help. How hard is privet wood?


Hi Terryb - thanks for the reply - I knew when the fungus started it was time to call it a day. Privet wood is soft and I now think more consideration will be made when initially choosing soft wood species, versus overall longevity. I have read on this site [KC Poole?] that really old wisterias are prone to decay as well.

@MelB - thanks for your comment also - if this tree survives, I'm gonna have a strong contender for the "Most Ugliest Bonsai Competition 2019." :D
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