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Re: fungus amongus

Well, I guess I'll just let them be then.  The Yoshino Cherry was one 
of my earlier purchases.  I planted it according to what I believed to 
be correct instructions - the point where the trunk comes from the 
rootball at soil level.  A few years later I read a FG article that 
explained that when machines dig the trees for B&B the soil can be 
pushed higher and it makes it look like that's where the base is.  so I 
believe that's why I have the problem.  I should have dug down into the 
ball to find where the roots actually began.  It's a lovely tree and I 
don't want to lose it, but you're right, it'll probably have to come 
down someday.


----- Original Message -----
From: Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net>
Date: Monday, July 14, 2003 0:03 am
Subject: Re: [CHAT] fungus amongus

> Well, Kitty, they are a wood rot type fungus, but just removing the
> fingers only removes the fruiting bodies - the  mycelium are already
> embedded in whatever it is they're feeding on.  I would imagine, in
> your case, it's that cherry if it has visible decay.  If you can see
> decay in wood, be assured there's more that you can't see.  Fungus
> spore are everywhere - all around, except maybe in 'clean rooms'.  If
> you destroy the fruiting bodies before they release spore, you're
> reducing the amount out there by some minute fraction:-).  
> We think of fungi as harming something, but really, they're just an
> indication that there's already some reason for them to be there. 
> One of the functions of the wood rot fungi is to clean up dead 
> wood -
> and they do this over time.
> If it were my tree, I'd keep an eye on it; sounds like it may have to
> come down one of these days if it has decay at the base that you can
> see.  Maybe not today nor tomorrow but one of these days, before it
> falls down.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > Marge, thanks for the info.  My fingers look a bit different, no
> knuckles,
> > but the page did say it took many forms.  I checked other sites
> too.  Most
> > indicate they are found:
> > "Dead man's fingers grow on dead beech and occasionally birch,
> often on
> > stumps or on fallen trunks."  Mine are at the base of my Yoshino
> Cherry
> > Tree, which does have some decay at the base because it was planted
> too
> > deeply.  What I could not ascertain from the various pages I
> checked was
> > whether the fungus does any damage to the host.  Should it be
> removed?
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