Honey Mushroom – Rhizomorphs Under Tree Bark
Q: A few weeks ago we found a vine-like growth under the bark of my old poplar tree, rest its soul. Did you have any thoughts about this?
A: They’re the rhizomorphs (spreading roots) of a fungus named Armillaria mellea. The fungus produces distinctive mushrooms, called honey mushrooms, when well established in a rotting tree or root.
These rhizomorphs allow the fungus to spread from tree to tree, mostly attacking weakened trees or those that have had soil piled up around the base.
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