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Plant fanatics chase prized witch's broom

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — On a frigid January morning, Rich Larson scales a big tamarack tree, breaking off branches as he climbs towards his target.


About 30 feet high, as the wind swirls around him, Larson, 59, spots what he's looking for: a small, tightly woven mass of branches called a "witch's broom" — the genetic source of many landscape plants and shrubs sold at nurseries.

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