Q. One of my shrubs has a branch that looks different from the rest of the plant. What should I do about it?
One of my shrubs (dwarf Alberta spruce) has a branch which is different in appearance from the rest of the plant. Is this unusual and what should I do about it?
What you have is called a “reversion." It can occur on any conifer or hardwood cultivar. What happens is that a portion of the plant has changed back (reverted) to exhibit the characteristics of the original species from which the cultivar was derived.
You should prune off the reverted shoots as close to the main cultivar stem as possible. If left unpruned, reversions will dominate the tree and you will eventually have a plain old spruce.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service