Hawthorn make great bonsai, having naturally small leaves. Given the right conditions they will grow rapidly and with a good pruning regiem will soon develop a fine branch structure.

The Hawthorn, or May (Crataegus monogyna) can be grown from Seed or cuttings, however the seeds are slow to germinate.

They are not particilarly fussy about soil types. but are 'thirsty' trees and failure to keep them properly watered will soon show in damage to the leaves.

In the ground they will grow to 10 - 15m and live for about 250 years.

Distribution is lowland Europe. The Red varieties come from the Midland Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacanthoides)

Allen. C. Roffey 10:51 01/02/2003