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broom or branch mutation?

Posted by sluice z6a CO (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 27, 12 at 8:58

Is this a broom or a branch mutation?

Pinus ponderosa

Pinus ponderosa

Pinus ponderosa

Here is a view from underneath the broom/branch

Parts of it were packed full with dead growth and needles (before)

I took out a lot of that dead material, to increase air flow and light (after)


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RE: broom or branch mutation?

Whatever it is, I'd say it's definitely worth propagating. Look at that awesome thick, windswept form!

Thanks for sharing, Nate.

-Sam


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RE: broom or branch mutation?

Cool pics, and a broom(?) with easy access! Bonus.

Josh


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RE: broom or branch mutation?

Nate, this one looks like your 'Wild Tiger'...
Imo it's a broom because we can see the very thick branch on which it is growing.
The last 2 pics also shows the way it's growing, short branches in a form of little "crosses".


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RE: broom or branch mutation?

Good find Nate. Definitely a broom.

Dax


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That is very interesting and I'm glad you shared a photo of this unusual looking broom. I keep my eyes peeled wherever I go to see if I will find a broom. Great find!


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Good photo and nice broom. There's a ponderosa pine in the ravine behind us with a nice broom but nothing like that.


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  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 28, 12 at 6:56

Nice broom Nate! Well worth propagating in my opinion.

AspenAcres, I spotted two Ponderosa brooms on the west side of Okanagan Lake when I was up there last spring. I even took pictures, but that's for another thread.
Mike


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RE: broom or branch mutation?

Thanks Sam, Josh, Dax, Ladylotus, AspenAcres, and Mike!

Edwin, this broom ('K. Riley') is indeed similar in habit to 'Wild Tiger'!
Spreading, and growing low on the tree trunk.
P. ponderosa 'Wild Tiger'

Here is a nice J. scopulorum also growing in the vicinity.

And a bird keeping watch over the ponderosas!

P. ponderosa, J. scopulorum, P. menziesii


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Nice find Nate. On your fourth picture you can see the enlargred area where the broom started. Cleaning it out like you have done will help in having healthier wood for next year. What is the annual growth per year?
Nice rock outcroping in the area also.
Dennis


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Dennis, thanks for pointing out where the broom started. Interesting!
Here you go.


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Nate, beautiful Red-tailed Hawk. That picture just blows me away.

That broom is excellent, congrats once more.

Dax


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