That’s what I call them, possibly not the correct name but this is a Creosote Bush. Each year, right on time, these cute little fluffy buds come to life. Why the bush has this name I don’t know.
To me, creosote is something you never want in your chimney as it’s terribly flammable and can burn your home down!
I’ve seen a creosote fire in a chimney once years ago, the fire and sparks were flying high out of the chimney, and the fire had a bit of a roar to it. Seriously dangerous!