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 is a garden developed piece of raw material. So far, apart from potting up, it has had almost no bonsai worked carried out so there are lots of options, keep more or less as it is with the multi trunk design or simplify it by removing one or more trunks, it is up to the new owner. There are many branches to work with and lots of twigs already developed to form a canopy. The photos show the prolific flowering just about to emerge from that canopy. The lovely red berries to follow. The bonsai is 65cm. high and spreads to a width of 44cm. At soil level the base measures 9cm. across and the trunk diams. range from 3cm. to 1.5cm. The plastic bonsai training pot is 36x28x11 cm. A nice, simple project tree for a beginner.