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October 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« on: September 01, 2010, 08:30 AM »
The "Tree of the Month" contest is a showcase for all the members to show off your work.

The "Tree of the Month" contest is open to any and all members of the forum.  This will be a monthly contest.  The winner will have his/her tree featured in the header section of

How to enter:

Post as many as 4 photos in this thread!  One submission only per member, per month, please.  Submissions will be accepted until the 21st of the month, at which point the thread will be locked.  Voting will begin in a separate thread and will continue until the 28th of the month.

We ask that the entry threads be reserved for submissions only.  Any non-entry post will be removed.  Feel free to start a new thread to discuss any tree entered in the contest.  Winners will be announced on the 28th of the month, and home page will be updated on the 1st of the month.

Please post no more than 4 pictures per tree and provide a brief history of each tree.


  • Pictures must be taken within the past 30 days.
  • Trees submitted are not eligible to be submitted again for 3 months.
  • Winning trees are not eligible to be submitted again for 12 months.
  • Post a link to any existing thread on the tree (and if none exists start a new one).

If you are unable to post a picture you can PM one of the Moderators or Admins and we'll work with you to get it posted.

Frank Cucchiara

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Re: October 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 10:16 AM »
This is one of my Rocky Mountain Juniper that was collected 5 years ago. This is the first styling of the tree. The pot was made by John Pitt.

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Re: October 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 01:24 PM »
This is one of my last chinese elms that I have left in my collection. The second pic shows what it looked like in 1996 at purchase. Since then the tree has had a different front from what I'm now using, a trunk that had to be partially hollowed out because some small rot settling in, and numerous pots to try and satisfy my taste. The present pot is Tokoname.


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Re: October 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2010, 09:36 AM »
this is a nice sized banyan style fig, standing at around 40-50cm tall with a trunk as thick as a coke can, spread is around 60cm. I developed this out a clump style peice of nursery stock, brought all the trunks in together as best i could and grew it heavily for 8 months, then placed the air layer on the fused trunks, removed it 6 weeks later and grew the layered tree on for another few months establishing a good root system for the tree, nebari work will begin soon.

it still needs some time to leaf out and fill the tree, we are coming into spring so i expect it to power on seen.

cheers :)


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Re: October 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2010, 02:57 PM »
Someone asked me to submit a tree of the month candidate. This is the only tree I have recent pictures of (within the 30 day limit). I'm also including older views for comparison.

This is a Ficus exotica (a benjamina variant I believe). I bought the tree in 2007 from Jim Smith's Dura Stone Nursery in Vero Beach, FL.  I saw the trunk and knew I wanted to work with it.  Development has been mostly chasing growth back on the branches, then developing foliage pads and crown. My future image will have an even broader, flatter crown and more separate pads.