Here’s a before and after of a cotoneaster I restyled. I am extremely happy with the results and I really think it has turned out to be one of the best cotoneaster bonsai I have ever seen. It’s history as a bonsai goes back at least 10 years and possibly more. I bought it from a lady who’s husband owned it but had passed away. Unfortunately she didn’t know how to care for the trees and had to sell them all off. This particular one seemed to have been neglected for a long time as you can see in the photo. I found evidence that it had previously been in a shallow pot as there was mesh halfway into the root ball! I spent a few hours trimming it and moving it to a new pot and this was the result:
It has bushed out a bit more since taking the photo so I will be adding another soon. They really are great shrubs to use for bonsai as they give a lot of interest. The bark looks aged and rough quite early on and the leaves are very small. Add to that the fact that they flower in spring and grow berries late summer they give year round interest!