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16/03/2013 at 09:10
16/03/2013 at 09:11
Looks like it's gone
16/03/2013 at 09:11
Or not grown
16/03/2013 at 09:18
Ooh where did it go.....sorry!!
Have a silver birch with massive fungal infection that's died. Wanted to remove and plant young cherry and apple trees nearby but am worried about the persistence of fungal spores in the soil and the effect on subsequent planting. Any advice please?
16/03/2013 at 09:22
Was it honey fungus?
16/03/2013 at 09:28
Don t know. Had huge mushroom type growths from trunk when we moved here. Husband says it was `angel something?!!
16/03/2013 at 09:32
Looks like a birch polypore or bracket fungus if had to choose image that matches but don't know if all fungi look like that when extensive.
Do we just not have to plant there when we ve removed the tree?!
16/03/2013 at 11:42

Hi Debster, the bracket fungus may have been a secondary thing, so check if it was honey fungus which actually killed the tree.  To do that, strip the bark off of the trunk at ground level.  If you find a mass of bootlace-like threads running from the ground up the trunk, beneath the bark, that would indicate honey fungus and it would be inadvisable to plant another tree there or nearby.  If you don't see anything like that and as long as you have the roots ground out, it would be relatively safe to plant another tree.  Bracket fungi grow within the tree and don't spread through the ground, unlike the devastating honey fungus which will often go on to infect the whole garden (a single honey fungus can cover an area the size of several football pitches!)

16/03/2013 at 11:52
Fingers crossed it's not honey fungus.
16/03/2013 at 12:01

This might be helpful http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=180 - the photos are useful aids to identification, they show the 'bootlaces' particularly well.

If you scroll down there's a link which gives some of the trees and shrubs which are more resistent than some to honey-fungus.

16/03/2013 at 12:50
What causes honey fungus ?
16/03/2013 at 12:56

It's a fungus - it exists - this tells you how it spreads 

The fungus spreads underground by direct contact between the roots of infected and healthy plants and also by means of black, root-like structures called rhizomorphs (often known to gardeners as ‘bootlaces’), which can spread from infected roots through soil, usually in the top 15cm (6in) but as deep as at least 45cm (18in), at up to 1m (3¼ft) per year. It is this ability to spread long distances through soil that makes honey fungus such a destructive pathogen, often attacking plants up to 30m (100ft) away from the source of infection.  extract from RHS Advice linked to above.

16/03/2013 at 13:49
16/03/2013 at 13:49
Thanks dove
16/03/2013 at 13:54

Oooh Bunny - have you got honey fungus?  (((hug)))

16/03/2013 at 14:09
I've just been to look , I don't think they're any 'bootlaces' as I can see. Lost (fell down)willow couple yrs ago planted by prev owner , part still grows other just gets fungus on it. On other side garden lost a hypericum hidcote gone all rotting /falling apart and was wondering if had HF...I don't think it is
16/03/2013 at 14:19

We get fairy ring mushrooms on our back lawn, and what I think are Blushers around the stumps of the conifers we had felled but we've dug beds in several areas of the garden and not seen any bootlaces

Hypericum do like well-drained soil - maybe last summer was too much for it? 

16/03/2013 at 15:25
16/03/2013 at 15:28
Thanks so much hope its not the honey fungus although there is another relatively health birch less than 5m away and it siunds like this would be infected too if it was? Fingers crossed!
16/03/2013 at 16:02
Yes maybe dove and heavy clay here too .
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