Abnormal growth on Kwanzan Cherry Tree
Today, after getting home from work, I closely examined my brand new Kwanzan Cherry Tree that was planted around mid December. It sprouted its first stem this month and is now sprouting from many different locations on the trunk. Near the top of the tree, where one of the first stems sprouted, is healthy growth of leaves, except I am seeing dark colored spore-like potential growths. To make me more suspicious that this was unusual and possibly not growth of the plant, but maybe sacs laid by insects, were ants climbing right near the top where these sprouts are located. I've seen ants before on our roses, where I have found aphids attacking the blossoms. These roses are in the same bed as the newly planted Kwanzan. I've sprayed pyrethrin on the roses to control the aphids from time to time, and it's been very effective. Without getting ahead of myself, I'd like to ask the opinions of experienced gardeners that are familiar with the Kwanzan Cherry Tree. Attached are photos of the young tree, and the spore-like growths are visible in the shots taken. Is this natural growth of the tree or pest eggs/sacs I should be concerned about? I appreciate the advice anyone can give, thank you!
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Nevermind! Searched online and found photos of new growth on the trees, and found out its normal, thanks!