Whether to leave a witches’ broom on the tree is a personal choice. Some people don’t like the appearance of trees that have brooms, in which case judicious pruning of the damaged limbs by a professional should solve the problem. For trees where their aesthetic qualities are not so important, we think you should leave the brooms in place. They’re a natural occurrence and are an interesting feature in their own right!
Where can I find a witches’ broom?
Witches’ brooms are reasonably common, so you should not have too much trouble finding one. Trees develop them in both woodland settings and urban areas, and if you start looking at your local trees when you’re out and about you may spot one. They’re usually easier to find in winter when deciduous trees are bare, but they’re permanent features and can be seen in green tree crowns too.
At Snidley Moor in Cheshire, several trees are developing a lovely spread of witches’ brooms. You’ll likely find a tree or two similarly affected in your local wood.