The Malus or Flowering crabs are amongst the most attractive of flowering trees and the various species originate across a wide geographical spread.
Many of our bonsai examples are native of the far east of course, but like many plants that man has cultivated for generations they mostly were introduced to the UK a long time ago and have been found to thrive here given the right conditions. Our native Malus sylvestris is not often seen as a bonsai subject and the commonly imported bonsai examples will be M. sieboldii or perhaps M. floribunda. Whilst the species do not ramify as well as some of our bonsai subjects that is more than made up for by the often spectacular displays of flowers usually followed by the small fruits.
We are not sure of the species in this example but we are sure that in flower, as it is now, it is a beautiful sight and justifies it’s place on the bonsai bench on that alone. At a height of 46 cm. it is in the chuhin size class. The branch spread is 45cm. while the trunk diam. at the base is 4 cm. which is above a reasonable root surface root spread of 10 cm. The pot is a glazed Korean oval that measures 29x21x5 cm.