Saturday, 26 March 2016
A tree dies; a fungus lives
You may remember how a young alder tree was sawn down by an unofficial tree surgeon in August 2014. Got a sharp saw for his birthday, maybe.
Well for a bit it looked as if the tree would survive by sending out new shoots, but eventually it sensibly gave up the ghost. Nothing is wasted in nature however and a fungus (probably Bjerkandera adusta) has colonised the stump and is recycling it.