Hawthorn/Crataegus monogyna Bonsai Progression Series

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Hawthorn/Crataegus monogyna Bonsai Progression Series

August 2005 having been collected nearly 3 years previously, the tree had fully recovered its vigour. Growth had been very strong during 2005 and the first branch had been allowed to grow freely, without pruning, through the year in order to help strengthen and thicken it. The unpruned growth had reached 0.5 metre before being pruned back for this image.

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To give an idication of the height of this tree, here it is pictured with my ten year old son in August 2005.

Height of tree: 30"/75cm

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June 2008. Another 3 years later and the bonsai had developed well. Much of my efforts during this time had been spent continuing to strengthen and develop the first branch (on the right).

The crown by this time was quite 'neutral', distinctly facing neither left or right (whereas before it faced towards the right giving a strong impression of movement in that direction). This had given the tree a more settled and 'rested' appearance.

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October 2008. The bonsai in its Winter image.

Height of tree: 30"/75cm

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Update: July 2009 From the front of the tree during the Summer

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Seen from the right hand side

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And the first branch as seen from below

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Close up of the crown as seen from the left hand side

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