The Common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, is one of the most suitable of our native tree species with which to do bonsai.
It is perfectly hardy with growth characteristics that lend themselves to bonsai techniques. To achieve the most natural sorts of images it is certainly a good idea to keep wiring to a minimum and to use direction pruning as far as possible to get desired shapes. Trunks quickly exhibit the aged characteristics so desirable in bonsai.
This is a mature example that has been a bonsai for some years and certainly originated as wild collected material or yamadori. Within the overall height of 57cm. it features well developed old branches supporting a complicated structures. The span is 56cm. The impressive trunk is 11cm. across at the soil level. The photos illustrate just how beautiful in can be in flower. The good quality oval glazed ceramic measures 40x32x6cm.