ecgilmartin's picture

Can you help our gardener identify this fungus?

Observed: 5th October 2012 By: ecgilmartin
Fungus on Repton Beech
Description:

Located on a beech tree in the gardens of Plas Newydd, Anglesey.

Identifications

Caution: Do NOT use iSpot to identify fungi to eat!

Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Armillaria mellea interacts

Comments

D.M.H.'s picture

Chop tree down before it

Chop tree down before it falls down =(

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jeremyr's picture

chop

hang on, there's some nice-looking Ivy there, the main food-flowers for rare flies and bees through october. Can it be trimmed to a tall stump? No doubt Dorset is right though, so if it must be felled, at least leave the logs lying around, forever

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Jonathan's picture

If may add my pennorth here.

If may add my pennorth here. With all due respect to my felllow iSpotters, I strongly suggest that you get a professional arboriculturist to advise you about chopping the tree down. They will be able to size up the whole situation. THere is only so much that a small photo can tell you. I am not saying that the fungal ID is wrong, but just that iSpot is not designed to give advice about this.

Thanks for the ID, Dorset.M and Jeremy. Good job, but I hope that you understand the need for caution. :-)

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

D.M.H.'s picture

You make a good point

You make a good point Jeremy15 about keeping log pile onsight makes excellent habitat for insects and small mammals. You should get numerous flushes of Honey fungus for several years to come if you were so inclined and tolerated them.

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D.M.H.'s picture

Of course seek professional

Of course seek professional advice, which I can not provide. My concern stems from the tendency of Beech to "drop" large limbs and branches combined with the destructive nature of Armillaria. Think I will add info to my signature advising that my opinions are subject to error and should not be used without verification from professionally recognised source.

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Jonathan's picture

Well done!

Well done!

Jonathan
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

D.M.H.'s picture

=)

=)

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ecgilmartin's picture

Diolch

Diolch, thanks everyone for your comments.

I've passed the information on to the
gardener who I doubt will be pleased. This tree is located in a prominent place in our gardens. :(