Alien-esque bright orange balls with tendrils extending from the branches of cedar trees. Extremely visible in wet conditions. In dry conditions, appears as a dark brown dimpled "golf ball" on cedar branches.
Obligate parasite of Eastern Red Cedar trees. Appears where Cedars and Apple trees (including wild crabappple) grow in close proximity. Minimal damage to cedars, causes blemished on apple fruits.
Appears all over CT. The closeup photo is from a cedar in my front yard - there are about a half dozen obvious patches, mostly high up in the tree. There is an apple tree directly across the street. The 2nd photo is on on 3 cedar up the road - I have NEVER seen that much rust - it look like they are orange trees! There are wild crab apple all over the surrounding woods. Just amazing looking!