Hawthorn/ Crataegus monogyna Bonsai Progression Series

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In early 2008, I sold the Hawthorn to an online buyer and didn't expect to see the bonsai again. However, over 5 years later, the new owner wrote to me asking if I would be prepared to restyle the tree for him.

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September 2013: The Hawthorn bonsai after receiving it from its owner for restyling. It was great to see it back with me, albeit for only a few months!

The leaves of the Hawthorn indicated that it was root-bound and required a good feed but otherwise, the tree was in excellent shape.

hawthorn bonsai

December 2013: As the leaves dropped (very late) in early December, I took the opportunity to work on the now-naked branches for the first time, pruning back the branches and rewiring them into position.

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December 2013: The back of the Hawthorn after re-styling.

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Detail of the bonsai pot by Victor Harris of Erin Bonsai, still looking great after 8 or 9 years.

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December 2003 to December 2013: As I assembled images to update this Progression series I realised that there were exactly (almost to the day) 10 years between the above two images.

The December 2003 photo shows the Hawthorn just after chopping the trunk and the tender new shoots in that image, remain to this day as the branch structure of the bonsai.