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 is a very mature example of the species as bonsai. It is a significant tree with the trunk diam. about the root base measuring 10cm. The height of the tree is 56cm. and branches spread to 62cm. A lot of work has been done already to create a very natural looking canopy of branches with good secondary branching and plenty of ramification. Of course the tree can be further improved but what tree cannot? Pruning back to the silhouette then a bit more dense ramification will complete the image. The pot is an outstanding hand-made Walsall Ceramic glazed oval that measures 44x32x8 cm.