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 well developed and very natural looking hawthorn has been a bonsai for a long time coming, as it does, from the collection of a lady with thirty years plus bonsai experience for whom ill health forced a reduction in bonsai numbers. Good primary and secondary branching which results in good ramification. Yes, I am sure some refinement could improve the image but that is a prune and re-grow exercise. The tree has a height of 56 cm. and branch spread of 53 cm. The trunk is starting to show real signs of age and is 4 cm. across at the base. Some small rocks are placed amongst the surface roots to increase character. Modest but beautiful flowering this year as one photo shows. The pot is a plastic bonsai rectangular trainer 29x21x8 cm. Worthy of a re-pot into a nice ceramic next spring I think.