Erotic Tree Flusters Neighbours

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http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/archive/2002/May/08/local/stories/05local.htm

Fact or fallacy: Sexy tree too much for some Westside neighbors
By DAN WHITE
Sentinel staff writer

A Westside resident called the cops Monday to report an allegedly phallic tree.

Officers responded to the Liberty Street home but found no wrongdoing. They said the 20-footer — actually an evergreen hedge of the Luma genus — is protected by its owner’s right to artistic freedom.

"We contacted the city attorney," said Sgt. Brad Goodwin. "It could be interpreted anywhere from being free speech to being artistic. It’s really nothing we have control over."

All trees can be seen as "phallic," but some would argue this eugenia is especially so. Viewed from the front, the hedge looks to have testicles, or perhaps bosoms.

Eugenia is a common plant noted for white flowers and edible fruits, according to the Sunset Western Garden Book. Sunset says the plant "performs best" in well-drained soil.

The owner of the tree, Gillian Greensite, said she found it peculiar the plant has been there at least 15 years and suddenly someone is mad about it. She said no one has complained to her about the plant.

Greensite, director of UC Santa Cruz’s rape prevention and counseling program, also questioned what the offended neighbor was really seeing in this tree.

"If they want to see phallic, they see phallic, I guess. I see trees," said Greensite, an outspoken advocate of tree preservation in the city.

She added the eugenia was "not trimmed for any particular purpose."

The complaining neighbor could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

A second neighbor, who asked that her name not be used, said she found the tree irksome but has grown "numb" to it over the years. But she said it’s annoying to "all of a sudden hear kids screeching and laughing about the tree.

"They’re good neighbors, believe me," she said, referring to Greensite’s household. "(But) we have older folks around here."

The neighbor also said the tree has become a beacon for annoying sightseers.
 

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It's a tree for God's sake!! What is it with people? Only goes to prove what smutty minds the complainants must have. It's not like he's painted a purple helmet on it or anything...

They'll be covering up Big Ben and the Liberty Bell before long cos they look like breasts.

Which I don't think they do.

No no no no.

I'll get me coat.....
 
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Er...what are we going to do about smokestacks and grain silos?
Trains will haveto be rerouted to avoid tunnels...
 
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Yep, no more trains in tunnels, and we have to get rid of skyscrapers and industrial chimneys. Oh, and we have to make sure that in the landscape there aren't somewhere two hills standing next to each other. You never know how that could be percieved.
 

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Wonder if anyone would object to this fine multi talented tree ?
 

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Xanatic said:
Yep, no more trains in tunnels, and we have to get rid of skyscrapers and industrial chimneys. Oh, and we have to make sure that in the landscape there aren't somewhere two hills standing next to each other. You never know how that could be percieved.
Aren't the Teton Mountains in the Eastern USA so named cos French explorers thought they looked like breasts? Or was that just cos they were French....
 
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My father lives in the western highlands of scotland and, from his cottage, you can see a range of hills which look remarkably like a naked woman laying on her back. And, No, it's not just my mind. Apparently they are well known in the area but I can't for the life of me remember what they are called.
 
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Now that's certainly an eyefull for the neighbor :spinning
 

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if you ask me, that tree is a little confused about it's sexuality!:D
 

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hehehe!! simulacra *sniggers*

erm, anyway! Found these floating about on the net. Might be featured on other shrubbery as sexuality threads but not sure.



 
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I liked the site that had vegetable porn. It is amazing what shapes carrots can come in.
 

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HEHEHE!

So there I was, hard at it, 'beavering' away in the garden...
When something caught my eye.
Removing myself from the nice lady customer's bush, I looked around...
'I bet the nice people on the FTMB would like to see this handsome bit of wood' I thought to myself...

It just came off, in my hands...


I promise it's had no carving or alteration. Apart from it's removal from the tree (it was a dead branch anyway!)...

Reminds me of something...can't think what though...;)
 

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More to the story

A source who shall remain anonymous, just took a look at this thread and added the following information.


Ms. Greensite, an Australian, works for UCSC. Her ex-boyfriend lives in the house next door. They had a falling out, and one day the tree just turned up trimmed like that. The tree, of course, is visible from his house.

Mr. Greensite is famous in our little town for turning up every time the town council needs to remove a tree -- to object, even if the tree in question is dead, diseased, or a danger.

My opinion is that her surname is no accident.
 
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very interesting indeed, but all this naughty simulacras looks like diseased penises and vaginas. lol

and no one has dropped a "twig n berries" line yet? WOW!
 

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I saw a 'copulation tree' near Kinosaki, Japan, so named because it looks like a couple in the act if you really want it too, I guess. Can't find a picture.

By the way, I'm looking for a general trees thread, and can't seem to find one. Anyone care to point me in the right direction?
 

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This is all nonsense. Even Lady Whiteadder, the most puritanical puritan in all England could find nothing wrong with an honest turnip, even if it was suggestively shaped as a "thingy":
 

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It's a shame there isn't an image of the offending tree to see how lewd & lascivious it was.
 

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It's a shame there isn't an image of the offending tree to see how lewd & lascivious it was.
Newspapers.com provides. (Free preview image - bigger version behind paywall)

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