This is basically a one year progression of a Ficus Retusa var. Microcarpa I purchased at Wal-Mart last year when I first got into bonsai. They grow really fast and despite setbacks and my beginner maintenance, it has thrived.
I spoke about this last year, but after leaving it outside for a few months, birds (or something) stripped all the branches off. There wasn’t a leaf left on the tree and most branches were broken. About a week or two later, this is what it looked like.
And after repotting this spring. As you can see, the branches are really starting to develop, and in my humble opinion, this is going to be a nice bonsai. It does need some wiring which I haven’t done on this tree at all. The branches are very flexible though. It gets a lot of good compliments from the people that visit me. People tend to love the S-curve, even though bonsaists hate it. I don’t know if I’m here for the experts though.