Common or European hornbeam, Carpinus betulus .All of the Hornbeam family have characteristics that make them very good for bonsai.
. Happy living in pots and a response to pruning that results nicely ramifying branching. Leaf size is generally quite small and reduces further with time under a bonsai regime. A number of the Oriental species are pretty much classic subjects in the bonsai world but the native European species are certainly being seen more often as well developed bonsai now.
This is an example in the classic Myogi or Informal upright style. The bonsai is 72 cm. in height with a branch spread of 60 cm. The trunk across the base measures 6 cm. in diam. Good primary branching already in place with plenty of secondary branching also. More fine ramification would be good which can easily be achieved with this species by growing and pruning. The pot is a hand made glazed ceramic that measures 31x27x7 cm.