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 really mature looking example has been developed from Yamadori or wild collected material and could already be a significant age. Look closely at the photos to see the remarkable character to the aged bark as well is interesting deadwood features. It displays a well developed branch structure that exhibits the typical growth habit of the species rather than one created artificially with too much use of wire, that is to say one that has been grown and shaped using pruning primarily. Will a little more development of branching and ramification this is going to be a great bonsai. It is 57cm. high with a branch span of 60cm. Across the base but above the root flair the trunk measures 10cm. in diam. The Chinese unglazed ceramic is 38x28x9cm.