Blackthorn

One of the greatest native UK species for bonsai, it captures the essence of how and why bonsai should be done.  This particular tree came into my possession in 2007 on a rare trip back from Japan. It had been in a bonsai pot for a number of years and worked upon but the owner had begun to move more towards suiseki and lost interest in bonsai.

The tree was snapped up without question and initial work was done on the dead wood section and some basic branch selection.  Over the next few years it was allowed to grow and then was cut back, grow and then cut back. Work on blackthorn is done pretty much with scissors alone and the yearly cycle of growth which is then cut back to a suitable bud growing in the desired direction is repeated and repeated until step by step the tree comes into being.

During the early years of setting up in the UK, the tree was sold to one of my closest friends and client who has done a sterling job of looking after it, displaying it after a great effort to slow down the blossoming at the Best of British in 2011 and then at the BSA exhibition in 2012.  This tree will continue to improve over the coming years and will surely become a well known European prunus bonsai.