Fungus around birch trees

Stephanie Woods asked 12 years ago

I have three Himalayan white bark birch trees growing the my front lawn. In the last few days (during this lovely dry spell) I noticed pale medium sized mushroom-like fungus growing around the bases of all three. The ground is quite dry at the moment. Need I worry?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
Various fungi pop up at this time of year and these are not always pathogenic. In fact, birch often has fungi associated with its roots, the fungus helping the tree with nutrient uptake and the tree supplying the fungus with sugars.

These will soon wither away and the tree should be fine. People often think that any mushroom is honey fungus, which is a killer disease, but it kills a tree here and there, very rarely three trees at once.

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