Ornamental Plum Trees
Q.

Fungi

Zone 95670 | Anonymous added on August 14, 2018 | Answered

My ornamental plum tree has a fungus growing on the main trunk and other branches; can I shave it off?

A.
A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
drtreelove
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on August 15, 2018

The part of the fungus you see is the fruiting body (mushroom-like spore dispersal organ), the growing body is the mycelium which is deep inside the woody tissues. It doesn't do much good to shave off the fruiting body, it would be mostly for cosmetic reasons.
From the photos this tree appears to be in bad shape, poorly pruned, sunburned and with extensive decay. The fungus present appears to be growing out of dead wood and cavities, and not affecting the living tissue. But its hard to see what's going on without photos of the entire tree.

00
Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.
Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Ornamental Plum Trees
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert

Learn More