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.
We think that there is something quite attractive about this otherwise simply example. Yes it is tall and thin but the trunk has that graceful curve and the makings of an appropriate branch structure. It is 62cm. tall with a spread of 40cm. I guess it would categorise as a literati style. The trunk is 3cm. in diam. at the base. The pot is an oval plastic trainer 35x24x5cm. Something a bit different.