Trees and Shrubs forum: What am I looking at?

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ChrisOsborne
Jul 28, 2017 3:12 PM CST
Cutting down some branches of a privet tree today, one of them looks like this and I've never seen anything quite like it. The stem is flat and looks like it's made of several smaller stems. Is it common for these trees to produce growth like this? Thanks.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Jul 28, 2017 6:39 PM CST
Wow! That is really unusual. I hope someone has an explanation.
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sooby
Jul 28, 2017 6:47 PM CST
It's called fasciation, I don't know whether privet are any more prone than other plants but it's something that happens to various plants from time to time.

Some pictures of fasciation from Google:

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ViburnumValley
Jul 29, 2017 11:34 AM CST
Yes, fascinating fasciation.

I have an Asian willow species that does that all the time. Cockscomb Celosia is an example of a flowering annual bedding plant totally because it is a fasciated selection.
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