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 is arguably the most beautiful Hawthorn that we have on offer at the moment, which is saying somethings as we are well stocked with nice examples of the species. We sold this tree some years ago as pretty much raw material and we purchase it back quite recently. During that time the owner had created this excellent bonsai. I like the fact that it is very representative of the way the species looks in our landscape, would the adjective be ” natural ” Nevertheless it is a bonsai and it is 60 cm. in height with a branch spread of 58 cm. Above the root spread of an impressive 20 cm the trunk itself measures 8 cm. in diam. All areas of that trunk exhibit great characteristics of age, bark quality and deadwood areas, some natural others created but sympathetically. The bonsai is very well complemented by the beautiful Walsall Ceramics soft cornered glazed rectangle that measures 40x34x9 cm. This bonsai would look good in most collections.
A couple of recent photos just added of this classy tree in flower this spring. Great May blossom scent also, hard to get that on here though !