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 a basic bit of wild collected raw material in the slanting style. Quite an interesting trunk with some good character and a bit of surface rootage. Branching just starting to develop so lots of growing and pruning ahead to get a decent branch structure within the height of 43cm. and spread of 26cm. That surface rootage is 8cm. across at soil level and above that the trunk diam. is 4cm. The pot is a rectangular plastic bonsai trainer 29x21x8cm.