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 old example is something for those who like something just a bit different ! Originating from a garden plant that had remained uncared for in a planter for many years, it features a lump of mostly hard deadwood with just a couple of viable shoots from which to develop trunks and branching. However, the tree is now growing strongly in it’s pot with good bonsai growing medium and the way that the species grows it will not take too long to achieve some structure. Scope exists to carve further detail or to just accept the way the deadwood looks now. It is 25cm. in height and the whole plant about 22cm. across. The pot is a Mica bonsai trainer that measure 24x18x8 cm. A unique project if you fancy something that little bit different.