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Joined: 5/13/2008
Location: Suburban, Massachusetts
Posts: 77
Posted: May/20/2008 11:05 AM PST

Does anyone know the scientific name or another common name for Witch's Broom? My husband bought one from a local grower and it didn't have a tag on it and we can't find any info online. I'll try to add a photo tomorrow to see if that helps with the ID in case no one has heard of the common name Witch's Broom
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Joined: 9/12/2006
Location: Northern, NJ
Posts: 10376
Posted: May/20/2008 1:55 PM PST

A "Witch's Broom" is an abnormal, twiggy and unusually dense growth in an otherwise normal tree. Usually happens in evergreens.
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Joined: 3/04/2007
Location: Van, Tx
Posts: 2650
Posted: May/20/2008 5:43 PM PST

Maybe you are referring to the Pencil Cactus tree? Commonly called Witches broom.

If it is I'd keep it only as a potted plant myself...


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Joined: 4/29/2008
Location: Westlake, La
Posts: 10091
Posted: May/21/2008 6:24 AM PST

I didn't know a Pencil Cactus was also considered a tree! I have one, very similar to the picture shown-size, etc. Fast grower for me. Outgrows it's pot too quickly. Never heard it called Witches Broom.
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Joined: 4/24/2008
Location: Chesapeake VA
Posts: 1954
Posted: May/21/2008 10:36 AM PST

I have a pencil cactus- Fast growing is an understatement! Pretty foolproof too- which is good because I've mastered the art of killing houseplants
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Joined: 5/13/2008
Location: Suburban, Massachusetts
Posts: 77
Posted: May/27/2008 8:02 AM PST

Found out it's actually a Scotch Broom. My husband probably just didn't remember what the person at the nursery told him it was called!
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Joined: 3/28/2008
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posts: 16643
Posted: May/27/2008 9:29 AM PST

I had a Scotch Broom years ago. It reseeded itself all over the place. I didn't like that, but I wish that I had one because I liked the looks of it.
DomesticLaura photos
Joined: 5/13/2008
Location: Suburban, Massachusetts
Posts: 77
Posted: May/29/2008 9:12 AM PST

Thanks for the tip on the reseeding Witt. I'll have to keep my eyes out for the seedlings and either dispose of them or move them into places I would want them.
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Joined: 9/12/2007
Location: Sunny Nthn NSW Australia
Posts: 3125
Posted: May/30/2008 4:50 AM PST

Broom became an invasive plant pest in New Zealand because of its ability to reseed quickly. Its seed pods burst open & seeds go flying everywhere. A pretty plant though with its bright yellow flowers. If kept under control would make a lovely garden plant.
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Joined: 5/27/2008
Location: Garner, NC
Posts: 14
Posted: May/30/2008 6:16 AM PST

I have never heard of this before..
Thanks for posting.
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