|The hawthorn is a very misinterpreted tree. A lot of people do not like it because of it’s thorns which can be up to a few inches long. However as a bonsai it can be very interesting. It has a very aged and gnarled look about it and also has the benefit of flowering each spring. They are very hardy and can survive in the worst soil.
The hawthorn grows berries which contain seeds. These seeds can take up to 2 years to grow in the ground.
They can live for hundreds of years with some dating more than 700 years old.
Shape: Broadly spreading
Leaf Shape: Obovate
The hawthorn grows up to 12 or so metres and is generally not a very big tree. It is the most common small tree in Britain because so many hedgerows have been planted with it. It has white flowers each spring and grows berries at the end of the summer.
Potential as a bonsai
As a bonsai it is excellent. It has the appearance of a much older tree than it actually is, growing deep grooves in the trunk early in it’s life. It has pretty white flowers in the springtime and deep red berries in autumn which remain there for most of the winter.