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 example of the species is in the shohin size category with a height of 25 cm. Branching spreads to 20 cm. Across the base the trunk diam. is 1.5 cm. There would seem to have been only minimal shaping of the branch structure so we would imagine that some refinement is called for. In the light of the comments above about shaping this species it would be appropriate to keep wiring to a minimum or to do without it at all, and to concentrate on some pruning and where needed re-growing. A simple task with this easy to grow species. It has a reasonable base to the trunk which is starting to show signs of age in the bark quality. It has just come into leaf and the photos show just how small the leaf size is on this bonsai. The pot is a Chinese glazed oval 18x14x6 cm.