Azalea Witches Broom

Discussion in 'Flowering' started by hemmy, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. hemmy

    hemmy Mame

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    This is a Lowes Azalea (I'm still hunting for the tag). I pruned it last year and it needs a hard cut back. But I just noticed an odd branch in the new growth. Super vigorous and it appears that several shoots fused after a split. This is just growth and I didn't bind it in any way. I'm wondering if it is a witches broom from a virus or insect? But I could find no insects. From the close ups, I broke off the end of one shoot. The entire snapped off and I put it in the propagation chamber.

    I couldn't find anything similar on the web. Anyone seen this before?

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  3. 0soyoung

    0soyoung Masterpiece

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    It's fasciation. Fascinating isn't it? Just Perrine it off when you have tired of looking at it.
     
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  4. just.wing.it

    just.wing.it Masterpiece

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    That's cool!
     
  5. CWTurner

    CWTurner Chumono

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    Propagate it and if it stays true to what it looks like now, name it and copy-write(?) it. I'm not a Rhodo/Azalea expert by any means though. It might be fairly common.
    CW
     
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  7. Handsome John

    Handsome John Mame

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    super funky!
     
  8. Bonsai Nut

    Bonsai Nut Administrator

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    I've had that before on an azalea. I removed it :) But it definitely looks weird!
     
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  9. just.wing.it

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    Looks like something you'd see in Wonderland....
     

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