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 will, like the majority of hawthorn bonsai, been created from wild collected material and it looks to have been in training for some time. If you are new to bonsai and need to see hawthorn with foliage on you could check out some other bonsai for sale that we have and that were photographed in the growing season complete with leaves. Photos taken during the dormant season do allow the structure of the tree to be seen more easily. Leaves, lovely though they look, do tend to conceal much. I don’t usually make this sort of claim about the trees that we sell but this hawthorn really does have the makings of a very showable bonsai, it is not there yet of course, there is a way to go with the the branch structure but with a trunk like that any effort made growing the canopy will be very well rewarded ! This bonsai exhibits all of the characteristics that are needed to create a convincing aged hawthorn bonsai image except for the lack of complexity in the branching. Everywhere you look on the trunk there is interest, both natural and created hollows and deadwood. Another advantage is it’s size. It is a chuhin category bonsai with a height of 50cm. even if the rules say 45cm! and spread of 74cm. At soil level the trunk is 22cm. across and the two trunk elements higher up are 6cm. and 3cm. respectively. I would say that the silhouette is good and in harmony with the trunk size, what it lacks is both secondary branching and ramification, just growing and pruning. The lovely hand made Walsall Ceramic is stamped EG for Esther Griffith and measures 39x31x7cm.
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