What is a witches broom and why is it special?
I've noticed what I believe to be a witches broom on my neighbor's Japanese Red Maple. It is a branch that sticks out from the regular shape of the tree, and has a dense branching of its own.
I know these brooms are favorites for propagators...but I'm wondering...why? Is there a difference in the genetics of these brooms...different than the rest of the tree? Why are these variations propagated?
P.S. Yes...I'll probably get a cutting and propagate it :-). My name is Darlene and I am a pertetual propagator... :-)