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If you have a fungi growing from the base of your tree or in the tree and you are worried about it do not hesitate to call us for a free tree inspection as some of these fungi can rot the tree from the inside out and cause them to fall or drop branches without warning. They can also cause unfortunate damage to other trees and plants in your garden. If you are at all unsure, please seek professional advice straight away.
Examples of common fungi in the UK (click pictures below for types of fungus)
Honey fungus, or Armillaria, is a genus of parasitic fungi that live on trees and woody shrubs. As a forest pathogen, Armillaria can be very destructive. It is responsible for the "white rot" root disease of forests. Its high destructiveness comes from the fact that, unlike most parasites, it doesn't need to moderate its growth in order to avoid killing its host, since it will continue to thrive on the dead material.
Bracket fungi, or shelf fungi, are among the many groups of fungi. Characteristically, they produce shelf- or bracket-shaped or occasionally circular fruiting bodies called conks that lie in a close planar grouping of separate or interconnected horizontal rows. Brackets can range from only a single row of a few caps, to dozens of rows of caps that can weigh several hundred pounds. They are mainly found on trees (living and dead) and coarse woody debris, and may resemble mushrooms.
Some form annual fruiting bodies while others are perennial and grow larger year after year. Bracket fungi are typically tough and sturdy and produce their spores, called basidiospores, within the pores that typically make up the under-surface.
Maidstone Tree Services can provide a free tree inspection if you are worried about Fungi at the base of your trees.
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