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Shrooms growing all over bark???

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by cocey2002, Dec 30, 2008.

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  1. cocey2002

    cocey2002 Member

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    What does it mean when mushrooms start to grow on a standing tree. It is a very tall black birch. The trunk up to about 10 ft is covered with mushrooms. My woods are very wet and many trees die or fall over. I try not to cut any living trees down but this one looks to be dieing. I get enough wood from trees that fall over. Its a widowmaker for sure so I'll cut it half way through and let the wind do the rest. Thanks

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  2. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I wouldn't lean too hard on it, any of the birch trees here with fungi growing on them are dead, ready to fall over. In fact, watch your head because the tops often blow off first. Usually soft, but after a good soaking rain they can be heavy and/or frozen ice hurts. I usually carefully push any that I find over if I can.
  3. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    How do you keep track of the half-cut stuff if the wind hasn't taken it down? What if you are half-cut when you go in the bush?
  4. Der Fuirmeister

    Der Fuirmeister Member

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    They burn just fine. Just do like Clinton and don't inhale the smoke............
  5. karri0n

    karri0n New Member

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    You can probably get some good $$$ if you shave those mushrooms off the trunk, place them into a sammich baggie, and head down to your local High School or College campus...
  6. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    My observation is that white birch with shrooms on it is on the way out- I would guess the same for black. Healthy trees normall have a chemical that resists fungal growth. In fact, if innoculating fresh cut trees to grow mushrooms, you normally wait a couple weeks forthat chemical to dissipate.
  7. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Fungus is always a sign of decay.
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