Oak Trees

Oak Tree Peeling Bark

Zone 32437 | Evansjn added on January 12, 2018 | Answered

I have a mature oak tree with peeling bark. Mushrooms are growing behind the peeling bark. There are also ferns growing on the side of the tree near the bottom. Is this normal? Do I need to worry about this tree? From the leaves on the tree, I think this is a holly oak.

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Answered on January 13, 2018

This happens in nature all of the time. This is not USUALLY anything to worry about, unless the try is heavily injured. Then it could take over. It is always nice to take a walk and see whole ecosystems forming on other trees.

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