Hawthorn Yamadori #9
Crataegus Monogyna, known as common hawthorn or single-seeded hawthorn, is a species of Hawthorn native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. It has been introduced in many other parts of the world. It is classed in NZ as a invasive species.
This tree was lifted by myself in July of 2016. I found this tree in the Mokorua Native Reserve hills behind Whakatane, growing out of a rocky cliff at the top of an exposed ridge. Because of the adverse conditions it was growing in it has amazing craggy mature bark for its size and brilliant movement a result from literally growing out of the cliff. This also made it a very tricky tree to bring home! The bark is more craggy and plated than the Hawthorns four times its size growing below it.
The tree stands 40cm high and the base of the trunk is 22cm across, giving the tree some amazing taper!
This tree had a great first season after lifting, putting out a large amount of arm length extensions. No doubt it has taken well to potted life. I’ve given the tree its first styling, wiring the primaries into place, carved and treated the chop-wounds. There is in the mid section of the tree a very old open deadwood scar that was created by a large wood-worm many years ago. The tree has long since recovered from it and regrown around this area. It could be worked on and carved further, tho I’d be inclined to appreciate it for what it is, as it is 100% natural and fits in with the rugged ambience of the tree. Its all part of what makes it that wild Yamadori!