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Letter: Shelf fungi can be a sign of problems for trees

By Billy Joe Fudge

Shelf fungi is indicative of heart rot. Heart rot is usually indicative of a tree which has been damaged, sick or in this case, maybe just getting along in years.

This appears to be a Sugar Maple and the condition of the bark makes me think it is showing its age and is growing in an urban setting. Trees growing in an urban setting suffer much from soil compaction, weed eater and lawn mower disease, roots running under asphalt or concrete thereby not being able to adequately absorb and transport water and nutrients up to the crown and carbohydrates back down to the roots. --BJF

Comments re photo 84754 Mike Watson discovered this shelf mushroom




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