Cedar-Apple Rust And Other Shades of Fungi!~ Or,Will Tinactin Work On Trees?~

What am I?

This tree is growing in my neighbor’s yard and a couple further out back on my property. They are in bloom. Multiple bright orange flowers, with a center that is an odd misshapen ball.   Flower pedals that are tube shaped, bright orange and soft sticking  out all over it.   The pedals are closing and melting in on itself. Odd..

We have had a large amount of water and the North side of the property is under water and the front pond is over flowing.  We aren’t in the tropics and this to me, looks similar to a less spiky, Sea Urchin. I wouldn’t mind living in Hawaii, but even there I don’t believe Sea Urchins live in trees. I could be wrong..

Sorry, can't find the link to this picture. I thought it was from Wikipedia. It is a Sea Urchin.

I did a Google search and couldn’t find a flowering evergreen  that even came close to this description.

Years ago my neighbor may have told me those were Cedar trees. Hoping I remembered that correctly,  I Google ‘orange flowers on cedar trees.’  What came up was, that this tree maybe infected with Cedar-apple rust gall, which is described as an orange gelatinous with telial horns protruding.

Strange days indeed…

This is rather odd, but a pretty fungus, at least from my prospective, as I snapped these pictures.

 I did see some galls (abnormal outgrowths) from the previous year connected to some of the branches.  In this picture you can see one directly under the orange flower.

Even after finding the information on, Cedar-apple rust gall, I am still wondering “is this real?”

 Over the years, I have seen those odd galls growing on the branches and never saw any damage to the Cedars themselves. On the other hand, I have had some fungus issues with my apple trees. I just thought it was old age, too much water, Uriah and the deer nibbling on the branches…





26 thoughts on “Cedar-Apple Rust And Other Shades of Fungi!~ Or,Will Tinactin Work On Trees?~”

  1. The first picture of the flower on the tree reminds me of Moses and the burning bush. Your pictures are amazing beautiful. Thank you for sharing and telling us about the tree.

    Did you get my email last week? My husband’s surgery went well yesterday. The 90% blockage going to his kidneys went down to 0% with the stint. Thank you my friend for all your prayers. Now I can’t wait for him to come home.

    1. Viola, I haven’t been on line much this week. Yes I got the email and I am happy he is better. I hope he is l improving with each and every passing day.
      I hope you are both doing well.

  2. Gerardine ,wow, these are simply beautiful, I am over the moon with your professional photos, not only the stories but the pics make your blog, they are superb, well done and thanks for sharing along with being a very special friend xx

  3. could be coral left there from a time right at the end of the Triassic and just before the beginning of the Cretaceous period.

    When I lived in Southern California (SC) we could take a are hands and swift though dirt in the Topanga Canyon and if was loaded with Spiral shell fossils from when the it was all part of the ocean (well underneath water in the ocean).

    It’s rare but here in Oregon I come across the fossil of a sea urchin in a spruce, and one in a pinion pine.

    What was that last line you used right above the sea urchin image?


    (you do realize I had been waiting around since 5:30 and until way past 6:oo a couple of weeks ago) I have no idea how I missed the bus that day. I must have blinked right at the same time LTD #73 made the jump to light speed.
    🙂 I could be wrong.. but Maxwell Smart could get someone to believe it ( and if if not that specific story )

    “no? then would you believe…”

  4. Very interesting. When I lived in Illinois and in the spring when i would photograph in the woods I would come across this on ocasions. Always wondered what it was all about. Now I finally know. Thank you, – CG

    1. Heather,
      My thoughts exactly! I am wondering if this is what caused the damage to my fruit trees.
      I didn’t know that about mistletoe. Thanks for that information.

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