What tree is this? I am unable to identify it. It has a green spongy soft velvety flower/fruit at the end of branches. It is located in North Georgia woods in the USA. I don't believe it would be a fungus because there were about 15 other same leafed trees across an area that all had this characteristic.

Strange tree in North Georgia

Flower/Fruit of tree

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    Perhaps a variety of pawpaw. Commented May 3, 2022 at 13:26
  • @WeatherVane my thoughts exactly.
    – bob1
    Commented May 3, 2022 at 20:51
  • Are those individual fruits or clusters of fruits? If clusters, how many fruit per cluster?
    – bob1
    Commented May 3, 2022 at 20:56
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    Definitely pawpaw or variety of it as @Weather Vane said. I studied forestry, but not in USA. Pawpaw is native to that area (Georgia).
    – Alex J.
    Commented May 5, 2022 at 9:45
  • What time of year was that taken? Also post on Gardening and Landscaping stack. They're wizards at plant ID.
    – That Idiot
    Commented May 25, 2022 at 10:09

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This is not a pawpaw, or even a tree! This strange substance on the tree is actually a parasitic fungi of the genus Exobasidium in the family Exobasidiaceae.

Therefore I will identify the fungi and not the tree, as you asked

There are 50 species in this genus, and from there it is fairly easy to determine the exact species as Sweetleaf Gall or Exobasidium symploci

As with most fungi, this species is not super common and is not even on Wikipedia.

Here are some photos of Sweetleaf Gall:
photo of a tree with fruit like grows

photo of a tree with fruit like grows

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