Common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna

£65.00

The Common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, is one of the most suitable of our native tree species with which to do bonsai.

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Description

The Common hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna, is one of the most suitable of our native tree species with which to do bonsai.

It is 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 is one of a few wild collected trees that we purchased a while back. They originated in Wales as far as we know. They arrived in the plastic bowls that they had been in since collection. We re-potted them into their current containers in good bonsai growing medium about 3 years ago. This tree on offer has had some branch selection done and those branches grown on a bit though there is much branching still to be grown. There are a couple of deadwood areas created to disguise the height reduction pruning.

This bonsai is 40cm. in height with a branch spread of 20cm. The trunk buttress at soil level is 9cm. across and above that the two trunks are 3.5 and 3.0cm. in diam. All the branches need to be developed to create more complexity and girth.  The pot is an oval plastic trainer that measures 25x19x8cm. Although this is a pretty basic piece of raw material it has the potential to  make a decent small bonsai with a bit of character, just needs a bit of time and work growing it and pruning, hopefully the photos show it just starting to grow well.