The genus Cotoneaster contains many common garden shrubs and that in itself should indicate that it is a plant that is very comfortable in UK conditions making it very easy to keep, grow and develop as a bonsai subject.
The Cotoneaster species range from prostrate, creeping shrubs, often these will have very small leaves making them great for particularly the smaller size classes of bonsai, to small trees with perhaps larger leaves. It also includes deciduous and evergreen species. A particular attraction of all the Cotoneasters is that they have very small white or pink tinged flowers followed by mainly red berries. Good autumn colour is also an attractive feature. All in all good bonsai subjects.
This attractive informal upright is part of a small batch of bonsai acquired from a long serving Willowbog enthusiast. It is the ‘ microphylla ‘ species and has been created from garden origin material. Each of these bonsai is nicely styled into shapes that really suit the species. This one is 50 cm. high with a spread of 42 cm. The trunk measures 3.0 at the base. The rectangular plastic bonsai training pot measures 32x23x9 cm.