Cotoneaster Bonsai Tree
The Cotoneaster Bonsai Tree is a lovely little tree to grow. It’s simple, easy to grow and rather hardy. It has little leaves that mean that it looks great as a Bonsai tree. These are alpine trees that come from the Himalayas and the mountains of China. This makes it hardy and simple to grow.
The Cotoneaster is a tree that is suitable for most styles of Bonsai trees. Have a look here for some styles that you like the look of.
Keep this tree in the sun as much as you can. Protect it from the frost and don’t overwater or underwater. Keep the soil moist.
This tree requires a lot of attention. If left to its own devices it will grow into a big unruly bush that isn’t good! Keep the pruning going to prevent growth that will spoil the image that you are going for. The season of Spring is best for heavy pruning and heavy wiring however don’t be afraid to prune all year around. As you can see in the image there if you leave the Cotoneaster to do its own thing it will end up wonderfully big and scary. Don’t let that happen!
In some parts of the world this tree is banned or restricted. This is because this tree is so good at spreading. If you want to grow a tree from a cutting – this is the one to do it from. You may want to phone your Bio-security agency to see if you can a) purchase this tree and b) if you can are there any restrictions. C. simonsii is banned in New Zealand for example.
Overall, the Cotoneaster Bonsai Tree is one of the best that you can grow as a beginner. It’s hard to make a mistake with this tree and if you do, it’s usually pretty easy to correct (assuming you don’t do something like cut off all the roots, or something silly like that).
I highly recommend that you give this tree a look at if you are new to the world of Bonsai, or if you just like a relatively simple tree to deal with. Enjoy the Cotoneaster Bonsai.