Daily Archives: January 8, 2017

Color Your World – Outrageous Orange (Cedar Apple Rust)

Cedar Apple Rust

Cedar Apple Rust

Back in May, I thought “what in the world is this outrageous orange glob hanging from this cedar tree?” Upon closer inspection, I noticed the tree held more of these gelatinous orange mysteries. Out came my camera.

Later, I learned it was called cedar apple rust and it may look like this after the first spring rain. I am no botanist, but as I understand it, cedar apple rust is a fungus that
alternates between two host plants, the eastern red cedar and the apple tree. Usually, the cedar tree is located near an orchard but don’t know of any near this tree. I think fungicides are used to break the disease cycle and protect the apple crop.

So, I learned something new! How about you?

*posted for JNW’s Color Your World photo Challenge-Outrageous Orange
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