Hawthorn/Crataegus monogyna Bonsai Progression Series

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All of the uro/deadwood features were created to hide the removal of thick branches at the time of collecting the tree from the wild. They have aged well over the years.

hawthorn bonsai

Crataegus monogyna/Common Hawthorn bonsai. Height 30"/77cm,
I cannot resist showing this final image. The bonsai in 2010 when my daughter Alice was just a year old, and now in 2014, at 4.5 years!

hawthorn bonsai

Update July 2015: Over the past few years the Hawthorn has entered a 'maintenance' period of development. The tree has been allowed to become root-bound and is fed sparingly. This care regime encourages fine growth and flowering in a Hawthorn rather than the vigorous, coarse growth required during trunk or branch development.

Photographed during July 2015, this image shows after the bonsai 13 years after it was collected as a wild tree.

Crataegus monogyna/Common Hawthorn bonsai. Height 30"/77cm

hawthorn bonsai

Update October 2017: October 2017, and after a very long growing season that started in mid-March, the tree is finally starting to change colour for leaf-fall. Despite the fine ramification and reduced leaf-size, the bonsai is still very vigorous. In an effort to thicken a couple of lower branches further, I was able to allow 4-5 sacrifice shoots to extend over 1/2 a metre in length during midsummer (these have now been removed).

It can be noted at this stage of the development of the tree, that despite being 'started' as an established trunk of some age, getting the branch structure and the tree to this stage has still taken 16 years. And there is still much I can do to improve its appearance further.

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