The Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is one of the most suitable of our native tree species with which to do bonsai.
Perfectly hardy and 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.
Statuesque is the word that seems to sum up this nice example. Already with good bark characteristics and a well developed branching this is well on the way to being a very good bonsai. Certainly growing on and refining branches will further improve the image but with this species that is not a long job.
The tree is overall 70cm. in height with a branch spread of 50cm. The trunk at the base is 5cm. across. The Korean glazed oval pot is 39x28x7 cm. A good deciduous addition to a bonsai collection.