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Steven

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Rukizon
« on: October 06, 2010, 12:55 PM »
Upon looking over some of my azaleas today I noticed this particular part of my largest Rukizon azalea. It is completely different than the rest of the azalea and any of my smaller Rukizons. Seems the foliage is smaller, tighter and with numerous tiny young branches. First 2 pics are of the azalea and typical foliage. The rest are of this "mutated" branch.
 

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Re: Rukizon
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2010, 12:57 PM »
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Re: Rukizon
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2010, 11:20 PM »
Bring this one with you sometime.
 

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Re: Rukizon
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2010, 06:44 AM »
Looks like a genetic mutation called a "witches broom" . Taking cuttings of the affected branches could result in a new variety that you could name, if it holds the mutation. This is how new varieties are often introduced. Variations of old known stock. I have a red leafed maple called "Shaina" that is a witches broom of "Bloodgood". Smaller leaves, tight compact growth are a couple of it's attributes.
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Re: Rukizon
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2010, 07:28 AM »
Wasn't thinking witches broom. Thanks Mary. This is only on one branch that is about 1.5 to 1.75 inches long with all this clustered growth on the end. Would like to see how this develops in time. Could be interesting. I had a Shaina at one time. Nice maple.