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 is a part styled bonsai with a some branch selection done and those branches grown on. Some rudimentary carving has been done to ” naturalise ” large cuts.
This bonsai is 42cm. in height with a branch spread of 54cm. The trunk buttress at soil level is 15cm. across and above that the trunk is 7cm. in diam. There is already a lower branch of decent girth which can be further grown on. The other branches need to be developed to create more complexity and girth. It features good looking aged bark in places and some rudimentary carving has been done to ”naturalise ” the cuts. The pot is a round mica drum that measures 28x9cm.