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.
A fair bit of work still needed on the branch structure of this example. The high ascending branch can either be an extension to the trunk, bent down to make a side branch or perhaps eliminated altogether to concentrate on the lower branching. A nice project with this quick and easy to grow species that is essentially a clip and grow technique with maybe some minimal directional wiring. A little bit of deadwood creation has been done in the top on a scar. The bonsai is 60cm. high with branches spreading to 46cm. Across the base at soil level the trunk and roots are 16cm. and the trunk diam. above this is 7cm. The pot is a plastic rectangular trainer 29x20x8cm.