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Hawthorn (Crataegus) Bonsai Tree


Crataegus commonly called hawthorn or thornapple, is a large genus of shrubs and trees in the rose family, Rosaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America. Hawthorns are shrubs or small trees, mostly growing to 5–15m tall, with small pome fruit and (usually) thorny branches. The most common type of bark is smooth grey in young individuals, developing shallow longitudinal fissures with narrow ridges in older trees.

Hawthorn make great outdoor deciduous Bonsai. Hawthorn Bonsai make good informal and informal upright trees.

Hawthorn are sun lovers and and like to be in a position that receives plenty of sunshine and/or daylight. Hawthorn are hardy trees but the Bonsai should be protected from extreme cold temperatures.

Repot Hawthorn Bonsai in Spring, just before the leaves appear. Use a general, well draining compost mix. Try gathering some moss to place around the tree base to give the Bonsai a natural look.

Heaving pruning should be done early in the growing season. Light prune throughout the rest of summer. Pruning during winter may result in dieback.

Feed Hawthorn Bonsai every two weeks during the growing season using a general plant feed. Alternatively, use a soil based slow release feed.


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