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 part styled example is shohin bordering on chuhin in size class. Certainly modest pruing of the apex could easily result in a styled bonsai within the smaller category. Trunk base and movement are interesting and it features the makings of a primary branch structure. Further development of secondary branching and ramification will complete the image. It is 25cm. high with branches spreading to 18cm. At the base the trunk is 2cm. in diam. The surface root spread is stating to make a significant feature. It is planted in a plastic bonsai trainer 24x18x7cm.