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 piece of Hawthorn raw material has a good deal of potential we feel. Just take a look at the remarkable character in the bark, the way that natural deadwood features have been created, almost certainly, by browsing animals on the hillside where it was collected. Where the tree was reduced in height we have undertaken a basic bit of ” naturalisation ” on the cut surfaces. There has been some branch selection but the work from now on will be focused on growing and developing a suitable branch structure to create the bonsai. A project with pretty much guaranteed results ! The tree is 40 cm high and 35 cm. wide with the limited branches present at the moment. Across the base the trunk measures 9 cm in diam. It is potted in a plastic bonsai training rectangle 35x26x9 cm.