Cedar gall? and what is this little guy?

Asked June 22, 2020, 5:04 PM EDT

1. is the sea urchin weird thing i found next to a juniper / cedar a cedar gall? i just learned about these.

2. for the pic dated May 21, 2020: what is this little guy? it really doesn't grow much; pleasant looking plant that's never been more than 12" high

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

Hi - Yes, that is a cedar-apple rust gall in your first photo. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/rust-diseases-trees

The seedlings look like willow oaks (Quercus phellos).