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Fasciation



P_fasciation

Fasciation

Usually appear in

Spring to Autumn


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Caused By:-     It has many Causes

Description

Fasciation on a Flowering Cherry tree, Gateside, North Ayrshire, Scotland. Fasciation is a malformation in plant shoots, roots or flower tips where the growth tend to be thick and flattened. It occurs when something goes wrong with the cells at the growing tips of plants. Instead of growing normally the growing tip spreads laterally in a flattened or band-like growth. It has many causes and is usually a genetic mutation as some plants like the Cockscomb(Celosia) are grown for their flattened flowerhead. It can also be caused by a hormonal imbalance caused by mites or insect attack and bacteria such as Rhodococcus fascians or any damage to the growing tip. Herbicides containing growth regulators is a common cause of fasciation in gardens. Fasciation although rare, has been observed in over a hundred different plant species from Cactae, Succulents, Perennials to trees. Picture from Wikimedia Commons.


Control

No action is necessary, but if the growth is spoiling a plant it can be pruned out. It rarely returns.



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