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May 22, 2017 3:59 PM CST
I have had rose barberry bushes in my front yard for years and have never seen this odd branch. I thought it was an insect at first! This branch is long, very flat and has what looks like fur on the end of the branch as well as leaf buds along the length. Have you ever seen anything like this? What is the cause?
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May 22, 2017 4:08 PM CST
It's called fasciation. Here are some more pictures.

And an article about it from the Royal Horticultural Society:
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May 22, 2017 11:44 PM CST


Very cool!
There is a verbascum plant in a local bank landscape planting and the last two years it has a fasciation.
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