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They are nut. Other plants where it is common are mentioned in the RHS link.
Here are some of mine:
As you can see, I prefer singles but some doubles do find their way in!
Well, the rain finally turned-up last night at 9pm but there was barely enough to dampen the pavement - just 0.3mm according to my weather station! Plenty forecast for the next two weeks though but will have to get the hose out to some things this evening as they are wilting.
Hoping you don't get infested again is your only choice if you aren't prepared to spray against this foreign invader which has no native predators. Nothing to do with the tree I'm afraid as areas in the US where they originated get much hotter than it ever does here in the UK.
It is almost certainly 'fasciation'. See this RHS link for an explanation:
I agree with Dove about the watering - mine only ever gets watered when the top 2 inches of compost in the pot are bone dry.. and it loves it!
Yep, Nepeta of some kind was my guess too.
My guess is also that it's a genetic mutation. Perhaps his oil glands aren't working - a bit like one of us having a dry skin condition. What's left of my hair looks like that after being washed!
Pricked-out about 300 seedlings today - not exactly hard work but concentrating on not damaging those tiny babies has made me feel pretty tired!
Paddy, young (until they are about 5 years old) apple and pear trees are pruned in winter when they are dormant - see RHS advice here:
when they are older you switch to summer pruning to keep them to the size you want.
Plums are treated differently: