Honey fungus toadstools (Armillaria mellea)

Plants resistant to honey fungus

Honey fungus needn't mean the end of your garden – limit the damage by growing honey fungus-resistant plants.

Spreading below ground, honey fungus forms a network of bootlace-like threads called rhizomorphs, which attack the roots of susceptible plants – usually trees and shrubs.

A number of Armillaria species are native to the UK, but it’s Armillaria mellea and Armillaria gallica that are usually encountered. The plant genera most commonly affected by honey fungus include acer, beech, birch, holly, apple, hydrangea, viburnum, magnolia, pear, rhododendron, rose and lilac. Annuals, biennials and perennials are generally unaffected.

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