Just in time for Halloween
According to the Iowa State University Department of Entomology website, the witch’s broom is a tree disorder that can appear on several tree species, including deciduous trees (hackberry, maple and willow) and conifers (pine and spruce). “The disorder is characterized by the growth of compact clusters of twigs growing from a single point in the tree. This dense mass of stems creates a broom-like look,” the site reports.
There are many causes for a witch’s broom but the disorder is not typically a serious threat to the plant’s health. (Photo submitted)