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.
This example of raw material is already growing well in a good bonsai container, a Chinese, unglazed ceramic round pot 36×10 cm. That remarkable sinuous trunk measures 9cm. across at the base and the tree is 52cm. in height with an overall spread of 72cm. The bark exhibits great character already which suggest significant age, the jin at the top could either be refined or removed according to your preference. Lots of branches from which to select to create structure just needs some thoughtful pruning and a bit of growing on then. The makings of a pretty much unique bonsai.