Common birch, Betula pubescens is a native of the UK and thrives in a variety of soils especially in damp localities. Being native makes it very tolerant of our conditions and thus hardy and easy to grow.
This shohin size bonsai is the product of fairly local [ to us ] field growing and what an excellent job the grower has done. This, at the moment, simple little tree has loads of potential. Up to now most of the effort has gone into creating an interesting and convincing trunk, pretty much what field growing is all about. Interesting basal roots and a sinuous trunk with good taper, just some more branches needed which is a straightforward grow and prune technique and well worth the time and effort with a trunk like that. It is 21cm. high with a side to side spread of 24cm. The roots at soil level are 7cm. across and above that the trunk diam. is 3cm. It is planted in an interesting hand made glazed ceramic rectangle, 18x12x7 cm. unknown maker though. A great little project bonsai.