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September 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« on: August 01, 2010, 08:19 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.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2010, 07:05 PM by bsgAdmin »

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Re: September 2010 Tree of the Month Contest: Ficus nerifolia
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010, 10:46 AM »
I've had this Ficus for a long time. 20+ years, maybe 30. Time flies when you're having fun. After it's first complete defoliation in a while, I can see that it has finally started to take on the character I have been trying for.

A photo from a little over a year ago can be seen here:
« Last Edit: August 03, 2010, 10:52 AM by andy graham »


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Re: September 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2010, 10:52 AM »
hi guys,

This juniper has just had its first styling, i received it not that long ago, the pot in the before pic wasnt right for what i had planned, so it has been put into this semi deep hexagon pot, i beleive it needs to be tilted more to the right but that can come later down the track, it took me about 8 hours of wiring, about 40 metres of 1mm wire and it still needs more, i ran out, i plan on developing the pads more and get the tail to be defined and slightly longer which should come with the angle change.

the pic looks like the tail is level with the top of the pot, it is very close, but it will look betteronce the angle is changed :)
( I know it shouldnt be)

Jamie :)

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Re: September 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2010, 02:52 PM »
Here is an Itoigawa Shimpaku that is discussed in this thread:

For this picture the tree has been pinched, the wire touched up, no moss so the soil surface is covered with "brown" lava and the pot was cleaned and oiled. This is my 5th summer with this tree, it came back very well from a weakened state and will be dewired this fall and restyled in the spring. This tree has been in the US for 10 years after being imported by Janet Roth as a "Potensai".


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Re: September 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2010, 05:36 PM »
Good Afternoon All,

For consideration a Shohin Juniper chinensis "Itoigawa Shimpaku" which was  purchased from Don Blackmond at Gregory Beach Bonsai on December 11, 2008. It is my first bonsai tree. The tree is a Japanese import with an estimated age of 17-22 years. The tree currently stands at 6-1/4 inches and is in a Sara Rayner "training pot" .It was repotted on February 20, 2010 from it's very small show pot and the jin & shari were worked on. My plan is to show it at Shohin St. Louis in May 2011 in my shohin display and bring its hight back to 5-3/4 inches.


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Re: September 2010 Tree of the Month Contest
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2010, 08:30 PM »
Here's my entry for this month. It is a Brazilian Pepper tree that I dug out of the middle of a chain link fence 3 years ago. As you can see, the tree did not make it, but just as I was about to throw it away, I noticed a sprout growing from the base. I wired the new growth to "dance" if you will with the dead trunk. After the dead part dried enough, I removed the bark, did some carving, and staining, and applied Minwax wood hardener. The tree is 19 inches tall, and the pics are front, left and right side, and a close up of the base.
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