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 mature looking bonsai has been created from wild collected material, often referred to as yamdori. It features aged looking bark on that ver significant trunk that measures 13cm. across at the base. This is a substantial tree at 50 cm. in height and branches spreading to 43cm. Those branches, whilst requiring a bit of refinement certainly create a very natural hawthorn like feel to the tree. There is a carved deadwood feature at the trunk base that is starting to “naturalise.” It is planted in a very suitable Chinese unglazed square ceramic that is 35x14cm. Not much to do to turn this into a showable bonsai in a short time.