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 example is a nicely developed informal upright style tree. It already shows good aged characteristics in the bark quality and in the branch maturity although some of the lower branches could certainly do with a bit more girth. The image might be described as quite natural in that the bonsai resembles many of the Hawthorns that can be seen in the landscape, certainly here in the north of England. The tree is 55 cm. in height with a branch spread of 45 cm. The trunk diam. at the base is 5 cm. The bonsai is planted in a Korean glazed ceramic oval that measures 35x24x6 cm.