The St. Lucie Cherry or Prunus mahaleb is another of the European tree species that is finding favour as a bonsai subject in parts of the continent, particularly those regions where it is collected from the wild as bonsai raw material or yamadori.
There are some excellent bonsai in the process of being developed using this species. This is an example of that origin material and it was purchased in Spain by ourselves. It was first introduced into the UK back in 1714 so has been evident in our gardens and landscapes for a long time and has been proved to be pretty hardy. Like most of the Pruus family the tree flowers and produces fruit adding a great deal of interest. This tree has a fairly substantial trunk at 14cm. across at the base, the interesting movement takes the tree up to a top height of 84cm. with the bark already showing aged characteristics. A start has been made to establish a primary branch structure with secondary branching just beginning to be evident which spreads to about 62cm. now.
A lot of work to do to construct an appropriate canopy of branches but very enjoyable bonsai work it will be that will reward you with an impressive bonsai in the end. The tree is already planted in a very suitable Chinese ceramic unglazed oval pot that measure 44x33x10cm.