A harm­less fun­gus

Amateur Gardening - - Ask John Negus -

Q

Will this fun­gus cause the trees around it to die off?

Mrs M Booth, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs

AThank­fully, the ra­maria fun­gus, which is prob­a­bly ochre yel­low or flesh-coloured Ra­maria stricta, won’t harm the trees. In­deed, it is re­sid­ing in a few inches of de­com­pos­ing leaf litter and sel­dom deeply pen­e­trates the soil.

Com­monly called coral fun­gus be­cause it re­sem­bles this ma­rine in­ver­te­brate, it favours de­bris in broadleaved woods, oc­ca­sion­ally colonis­ing rot­ting conifer stumps.

Coral fun­gus won’t hurt trees or shrubs

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