For $5 and rough care, I didn't really expect much out of this privet. That's because I had no idea how privets respond to torture. These things are STRONG growers.
Over the last 5 or 6 warm weeks has treated this privet kindly. I have learned that they tend to push ginormous leaves when fertilized heavily but fertilize I must until I have everything in place. Here's how I found the tree yesterday afternoon.
This is what I considered the front until the foliage started to fly:
New front since it showed more of the trunkline:
After the trim-up:
I selected what branches I thought I would keep for the final design and hacked the rest. Privet are seemingly so vigorous that I expect plenty of back-budding even back to the trunk. Most areas were cut back to 2 to 4 leaves as I'll want to start the ramification process early on this shohin sized tree.
I'll update as this responds to the treatment.