I think I may have found a witches broom on a pinus glabra. The tree also has some other very congested tight balls about 3in in diameter, but they also had some brown needles. This one seems pretty healthy, though very small. I was hoping to comfirm that this is a witches broom, and also locate an individual that could help me propogate it. I have never grafted anything, and it being so small it’s probably not gonna have much for scion. Anyways I’m located in Summerville, SC, 29485. If there is anyone close by that wants to make an attempt at propogation reply to the forum.
that looks really promising, Patrick. I would recommend watching it for a few years to determine whether it’s a stable mutation or not. I’ve seen pines do this on a very temporary basis if there was some damage to the bud prior to its extension in the spring.
As for potential propagation, I recommend Bruce Appeldoorn. He’s in Bostic, NC and is a really good guy.