A Very Variegated Unusual Bonsai

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I think this unusual gem is the first variegated privet bonsai I've seen. Here's what our source for this photo, Miguel Ros of Museo Tatsugoro said when he posted it... "It's a Ligustrum with a natural graft of the same species. Its leaves are variegated!!!. It's a beautiful tree." (If you're interested, here a link to what Wikipedia has to say about natural grafts.) 

When I stumbled upon this unusual tree on Miguel Ros Museo  Tatsugoro timeline, I thought the variegated and the unvariegated leaves look a lot like leaves you might find on two different Serissa foetida varieties, but that the trunk is impossibly thick for serissa. Had I been on the ball, I might have realized that the leaves also look a lot like they might belong on a privet, and that there are privets with variegated leaves, at least in the nursery industry, if not on any bonsai we know (until now, that is)
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Here's a closer look at the trunk and at the variegated leaves

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The hand in this back of the tree shot offers a perspective when it comes to size. I lifted it from a video at Miguel Ros' Museo Tatsugoro's timeline... thus the fuzz



This bird's eye shows the extent of the variegated section. It was also lifted from the video at Miguel Ros' Museo Tatsugoro's timeline



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