If you spot this jelly-like creature in your backyard, you had better know what it means.

If you have a backyard and take care of plants, it’s important to be aware of potential issues. Continue reading to learn about a peculiar ‘jelly-like nut’ that you might encounter in your garden.

One morning, a Reddit user from Oklahoma woke up to a strange sight. They discovered a large amount of ‘yellow jelly’ in the trees, along with what they called a ‘jelly alien nut’, leaving them puzzled.

They sought assistance from the Reddit community to unravel the mystery. In their post, they mentioned that the tree was a conifer, but they were uncertain about its specific name.

Version 1: The rust disease known as ‘cedar-apple rust’ was quickly identified by a user. This disease needs two hosts to complete its life cycle and mainly impacts apples and crabapples.

Symptoms of this illness may vary among various trees.

Brown, perennial galls grow on juniper tree twigs. In spring, orange gelatinous horns appear. The twig beyond the gall may die, but no other harm is done to the juniper tree.

Circular yellow spots show up on apple or crabapple tree leaves after blooming. Brownish clusters of threads or tubes appear under the spots in late summer on leaves, twigs, or fruits.

The disease lasts for a specific period of time. Galls appear after seven months of the infection. These galls then transform into gelatinous masses after 18 months. Subsequently, golf-ball-like depressions emerge on the gall, which eventually lead to the formation of telial horns in the following spring. During the spring rain, the brownish telial horns grow longer and change to a bright orange color. Once the spores are released, the horns collapse, dry up, and fall off. Although the galls die, they remain attached to the tree for at least another year. The infection becomes more noticeable in spring when the gall is covered in gelatinous masses.

Overall, trees are not significantly impacted by this. But it’s crucial to understand it in case it appears in your yard. Spread the word to inform others about this infection!

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