The Cotoneasters are a large family of hardy shrubs which mostly lend themselves very well to bonsai use.
They vary enormously in habit from prostrate, ground hugging shrubs to larger, almost small tree, upright plants. Many are blessed with naturally small leaves which is a good characteristic for bonsai of course. They flower, often profusely, with small white of pinkish coloured blossoms, which are followed by bright red berries. Flowers and berries tend to b naturally quite small. The family are all tough, easy to grow plants that respond perfectly to regular pruning. Also happy to live in pots. There is not much more that you could want in a bonsai.
We are unsure of the species of this example but it is one of the common, larger, garden types. It has been developed up to the part-styled category from garden origin material. The trunk at the base measures 9 cm. in diam. below which the root spread is more than 22 cm. As the photos show there is pretty good taper and movement in the trunk which makes the bonsai 52 cm. high at the moment. The existing branch spread is 42 cm. There has been some fairly rudimentary carving done to ” naturalise ” some heavy pruning scars. So the way forward with this bonsai will involve building upon the existing primary branching and developing both secondary branching and ramification as you go along. A straightforward task of growing and pruning, possibly a little use of wire for extra shaping. The pot is a round, drum, Korean, mica plastic trainer 36×9 cm.