Hawthorn raft

Chris Guise took this picture of a Hawthorn (Crataegus spp) in Basildon Park, Cookham. It is a perfect example for a natural looking raft-style bonsai. It shows the process through which a raft may for in Nature. As thwe tree ages, some section rot, or are broken by wind and/or lightning. As the canopy gets too heavy for the thinner trunk to support, the tree falls over, but continues growing. This may happpen multiple times and a crawling tree forms.

crawling hawthorn

 

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