How to prune & wire a Cotoneaster Bonsai?

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Published on 17/10/2023


Pruning your bonsai is important not only to maintain or create an aesthetic style but to also ensure light and airflow can reach inner leaves and the cotoneaster tolerates aggressive pruning well. You can trim new growth throughout the year, but best to leave chopping older branches until spring. A thick canopy with lots of small branches and leaves (ramification) is a desirable look on a cotoneaster bonsai tree and this can be achieved by trimming the branches, which encourages new growth in different directions. You can also do this in the summer growing season to encourage back budding. Cut off lower branches to encourage more top growth as well as branches that obscure the main part of the trunk. If your bonsai is small or young, it is good practice to trim the stems that are growing straight up and long, to re-direct the tree’s energy away from lanky and thin upward trunk growth and encourage finer branching.

Training your cotoneaster using wiring can be done at any time of the year. Cotoneaster bonsai trees have naturally cascading branches, so wiring is often used to create a more upright appearance. The younger branches can be manipulated easily, but the older ones are more prone to snapping if bending them heavily. Be aware that the bark is susceptible to scarring and doesn’t heal as well as some other species. We recommend using wires with a thickness that matches the thickness of the branch: if the wire you choose is too thick you will damage the bark. If it is too thin, it won’t be effective.

For more information, visit our website for our full blog on a Cotoneaster Bonsai:


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