This arching deciduous shrub makes a beautiful bonsai. The Cotoneaster tree is easy to grow and hardy, which makes it an ideal choice for beginners. The leaves are small and the tree produces beautiful, delicate white flowers in the spring. Some species of the Cotoneaster will also produce beautiful, red berries. As you begin searching for Cotoneaster, you will discover a number of varieties, each making a great choice for bonsai.
The nice aspect of using the Cotoneaster for bonsai is that it can be trained in most styles although the cascade, root on rock, clump, upright, and root over rock are the best. Since the Cotoneaster can be propagated easily by using cuttings from an established plant or from a new plant purchased from a nursery, you will often find people growing several Cotoneasters.
- Cotoneaster (Horizontalis)
- Cotoneaster (Compacta Nana)
- Cotoneaster (Microphyllus)
- Cotoneaster (Congestus)
The Cotoneaster needs to be kept in a sunny location but also in the shade to grow. You would also need to provide adequate protection from frost. During the summer months, this shrub needs to be watered often and then less in the winter. However, the Cotoneaster should never be allowed to dry out. Quality fertilizer needs to be applied during the growing season, with the exception of the flowering/fruiting season.
To achieve great style, you would need to provide heavy pruning, which is easily tolerated. New shoots should be trimmed during the growing period with old growth being cut in the spring. For training with wire, this can be performed at any time of the year.