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 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.
This bonsai is unusual three trunk kind of clump natural style. The new trunks have clearly grown from the base of the now dead original main trunk. Some basic carving has been done on the old trunk, it could certain be improved with a bit more detail if desired. There is the beginnings of a branch structure on each of the three trunks. More branching will improve the image, the objective being more complexity. Overall the height is 50cm. and the spread from side to side of the three canopies is 55c. At soil level the base is 16cm. across ant about the point that the trunks emerge the trunk is 7cm. in diam. The pot is a plastic rectangular trainer 35x26x9cm