Oddly enough, it's taken some time for a cotoneaster to join my collection. I think I always had a perversion to the herringbone effect it's branches can do as the tree 'bushes' out. Well, I found a species (or at least a specimen) that finally called to me. I've always wanted a few, as I adore the little berries that cause the tree to resemble an apple tree in miniature. They also put out great little flowers, and grow madly - a very busy tree (Something a beginner like me should have picked up some time ago to keep me 'busy').
So this little nursery stock tree came home with me, for $6+. For species interests, it is cotoneaster adpressus or 'Little Gem'. Alot less of the herringbone effect on this one, just alot of long branches, with a great deal of good growth close to the tree as well. The trunk is what caught my attention; Usually I don't pay attention to certain species in Nurseries, as they grow them multiple plants to a pot (or raft them out) which may then sometimes 'fuse' with age into 1 trunk - or more often than not the young trunks are at the far reaches from each other 'in' the pot, making it almost uselesss for bonsai (outside of a forest setting) This was one large trunk (Well, compared to it's mates!), all by itself, with a nice lean to it. Wasn't as busy as the other multiple trunk ones - it was calling for some work!
Cotoneaster before any work
View from the top
Fun plant to work on, think I will have to find a few more cotoneasters with good trunk movement to add to the collection. Pretty easy to wire, alot of branch options to work with. This took about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish.
Trimmed and wired
Slightly higher view from the Front
I can see myself that I'm catching on to the old bonsai saying 'Less is More'. I have a few pre-bonsai trees from last year that are aching for a little 'less' so that they have 'more' of a future - I'll have to cycle around to a few of these soon as well.
So this little guy will stay in it's pot until next spring, when I will repot possibly into a large 3 gal pot. Looking to increase the girth here for another 2-3 years, and then it will begin working it's way into a pot. (I'm going to be persistent and patient with that decision!). This was a bit of early styling to get things where I want them and to direct the tree's energy where it would be best for branch building - then let it go wild for a while!