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 will make an impressive bonsai. The substantial aged looking trunk measures 15cm. approx. at the base and the tree is 47cm. high with a branch spread of 36cm. There exists some pretty substantial primary branching, ready for secondary branching and ramification to be built on which, given the way the tree is growing, will not be too long a process. It is already planted in a good quality unglazed oval ceramic which could pretty much do the bonsai for the rest of its life. Despite being a project tree I am listing this in deciduous bonsai.