I’ve never seen this bizarro tree on the east coast, or in the midwest.
They are all over LA, though, and I’ve seen a couple in downtown SF.
The tree produces a fuzzy cone of some sort. The majority of these furry cone-blobs drop off the tree and dry up on the ground. Occasionally, the furry cone-blobs stay on the tree, and these blistery-looking berry-thingies pop out.
What is happening? Are these poisonous, or just icky-looking?
* All the language I’ve used above is advanced Latin botany terminology.